Origins of my Pseudonym J.E. Skye

I started this blog under my pen name and pseudonym James Edgar Skye to protect my real name (though my real first name has made it on one or two blog posts.)

It makes it easier to tell my story as James Edgar Skye because it gives me the perspective of writing about my life without the pain of using my real name. It’s just easier for me and I have talked to many bloggers within the mental illness community that uses a pseudonym in their work.

Even my memoir The Bipolar Writer is written about me under my pseudonym James Edgar Skye.

I thought it would be great to break down my pseudonym and pen name to why each of names in James Edgar Skye was chosen.

I thought long and hard about what the first name in my pen name would be. There are so many great writers that I am a fan of and could have used Ernest in honor of my second favorite author Ernest Hemingway.

But, I wanted the first name of my pen name to honor someone in my life. So I chose my dad, who is named James. It just fit so well and felt right the first time I wrote the name out, it was fate and it will always be the first name that I write under.

All the best authors that I love often abbreviate their name like J.K. Rowling. So I had to find a middle name that could be written like this, and it was easy to pick my middle name. My favorite author in the world is Edgar Allan Poe. So I chose Edgar for my middle name.

J.E. just worked.

The last name was also simple for me but its origins are more personal to me. Skye just worked and my entire pen name became James Edgar Skye.

So, that is my origins of my pseudonym. I hope you enjoy this story and that you got to know a little more about who I am. My writing pen name gives me the ability to be completely honest with you.

J.E. Skye

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10 thoughts on “Origins of my Pseudonym J.E. Skye

  1. I understand. I was hesitant about my own personal self-identity, but I like posting my stories and poem and quite honestly I could give a shit if I offend family members etc about my past experiences! It does make it difficult to post some things…

    I like the abbreviations also… Years ago I decided…

    T.L. Stafford! (I like that looks, lol)

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  4. I often wondered how people came up with their pen names. I am trying to think of one for the book I am writing. I love my name but I know privacy is a normal reason people go with a psuedonym. URG what to doooooo?

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