I’m back! I’m proud to launch my new blog and my pen name.
Nicole C. Thomas is a combination of my middle name and family names. Although I love my real name, using it on my blog proves problematic for me. I started having people come up to me and say that they found my blog. I even interviewed for jobs not too long ago and the hiring manager said she found my blog and thought it was neat that I was a writer.
I was flattered that people called me a writer - and not a half-bad one - but I found myself worrying what I had said on certain posts. I’ve made it no secret that I’m diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but it’s not something I want hiring managers to find. My writing tends to be either dark or weird, and I don’t want potential clients at my firm Googling me to find out I’m a weirdo.
Some of you may say, “Why even write about that stuff on the Internet for everyone to see if you don’t want it found?” I post it because I want to empower anyone who may be a writer struggling with depression, or anyone with a mental illness at all. I don’t want to be quiet about my illness, or any other part of my life, but I don’t think it should affect my full-time job.
It’s a way for me to exist in both worlds peacefully.
Plus, it’s like a fun alter ego and I feel like I have the freedom to experiment with my writing style a little.
If you’re signed up for the Cotton’s Corner newsletter, you’re still signed up! I’ll be changing the names of my Twitter, Facebook page, and I’ve created a new Instagram account. I’ve never really used Twitter for anything but writing, so I don’t feel the need to create a separate account. Anyone I know in real life who follows me knows about my writing anyway.
You can find out more on how to contact me on the About page.
How about you? Do you have a pen name, and if so, why? Feel free to leave a comment or email email@example.com.
Nicole C. Thomas
Nicole is a writer working on her first novel Samantha Darkened, created during NaNoWriMo 2016. She writes weekly posts regarding books, writing, and mental illness. She has an interesting sense of humor which includes a love of alliteration and puns.