When I began my book writing journey, a friend asked what name I would use as an author. Hmm… This was a good question.
Would I use my birth name? My nickname? My maiden name? My married name? Or something all new, such as Harry Houndstooth or Misty Meadows?
After some thought, I decided that my name as an author should meet these objectives:
- It should reflect my creative side. Lolly, my nickname since age eighteen, is perfect. I feel creative when I hear it. My given name, Lois, works better for the more serious side of life.
- It should honor my parents. They gave me what it took to write my book and cheered me on as I did so. Sadly, neither lived to see it published. I use their last name, Anderson.
- It should honor my own family. After all, my children were my inspiration while I wrote my book, and my husband stood fast as I finished it. So I use my last name, Thomas.
So there you have it—the making of a name. I remain ever so humbly yours, Lolly Anderson Thomas.