Pen Names and Coworkers

One of the reasons that I have a few pen names (4 total, to be honest) is because I don’t want people I know in real life, such as coworkers, former classmates, and some family members, to see that I write smut.

Unfortunately, once you tell someone “I write smut.” it gets around. Especially at work.

It soon became a little joke. There are three people I work with that know one or more names I write under. Whether they have read anything or not, I don’t know. I’m okay with either way. Today, I was talking with a couple of coworkers about some stuff and mentioned, jokingly, that I write smut. Now one of those coworkers are bound and determined to find out my pen name. Yes, my fault, but no, I won’t be telling them what it is and, even if they were to find me by chance, I’d say nope, sorry, wrong person.

(Unless they find this blog… to which they’d see this post… uhm, heeeey.)

So, the moral of the story (see, I do teach you something on occasion) is that if you do not want anyone to know you write smut, do not tell anyone you write smut. Even if you think the one person you told wouldn’t say anything (whether you asked them not to say anything or whether you didn’t), don’t expect it not to be mentioned when joking around with a new coworker and it gets blurted out.

I didn’t have an issue with a handful of people knowing that I write smut. It’s a great joke and it’s hilarious to see the look on someone’s face when they learn that about me.

In all honestly, I don’t mind that people know I’m a writer. However, it would be preferable if they didn’t know what I write. I’m not ashamed, it’s just not really work-friendly discussion if you ask me. Anyway, just so you know in case you decide to jump on the erotica bandwagon (punishment bench? stripper pole?) you might want to zip your lips, unless you want the entire company to eventually learn you write smut.


1 comment

  1. I have a pen name for the same reason, and only my wife knows that I wrote erotica and romance. Unless she’s whispered my secret to others after she’s had many glasses of wine. My friends and family know I write, and I do write more vanilla stories. But I don’t want them to know about the sexier stories.

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