I'm trying to get the skinny on pseudonyms. Okay, I get it when a woman uses her initials instead of her name because of the presumed bias of book reviews (since I've been a reporter for Sisters in Crime media review for over three years now, I can say that: the men are winning in the major newspapers for book review articles and inches people).
But my question really isn't about that. What are the advantages of writing under a different name? I have spent a lot of time establishing the fact that I have a degree in criminal justice, am a trained forensic artist and my nonfiction titles reflect that--it is my "qualification" key. But, if I want to turn the corner and produce a mystery or write a standalone crime novel, should I become someone else? Would I be better served to write fiction as Pryor Sayjack? (how's that for a name!)
And then if you do use a pen name, is there a time when that should be revealed? I mean, were you upset with Stephen King when he wrote a book as Richard Bachman and you found out that was him after all?
So, if you set up a web site for your title, (and I have a feeling all books should have their own sites sooner or later), is that the place to reveal your real name as the book author—in your bio or about the author page—or do you keep up the pretense?
Plus, what are the legal ramifications of becoming someone else? I think I read something just recently in the InSinc newsletter but I can't remember the gist. I'd just like to hear about experiences. That might help to clarify some things for me.