Romance Authors With Pseudonyms

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By any other name would smell as sweet…


Pen Name, Nom de Plume, Alias, and Author Pseudonyms

Author and raconteur Mark Twain was born Samuel “Longhorn” Clemens. The legendary George Eliot was not a man but a woman named Mary Ann Evans. Even the famous J.K. Rowling shortened her given name of Joanne Kathleen to publish. The use of pen names is an aspect that exists in all fields of writing.

In the romance genre, an author might use an alias for various reasons. Perhaps their real name lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. Because some romance writers produce fiction in multiple genres, different names are used. There are male novelists who want to appeal to the majority female audience. Or the authors could be married couples or duos who need catchy noms-de-plume.

Below is a brief list of writers and their pen names. Since hundreds of authors use aliases, this is a short compilation. Therefore we included only those we have reviewed, highlighted, or soon will review and/or explore in-depth. With each romance author pseudonym, we provide an example book title or link to a book review. As time goes on, we will add more names as we come upon them.

For convenience, look for the ROMANCE AUTHOR PSEUDONYM page linked under the main AUTHORS page. The page can be accessed through the MENU toolbar.

List of Pen Names

Rosalyn Alsobrookrunaway brideGina Delaney; Jalynn FriendsRosalyn R. Alsobrook
Judith Arnoldchange of lifeAriel Berk; Thea FrederickBarbara Keiler
Iris BancroftRapture's rebelAndrea Layton; Iris BrentIris Bancroft
Janice BennettTangled WebEileen WittonJanice Bennett
Jennifer BlakeLouisiana DawnElizabeth Trehearne; Patricia Ponder; Patricia Maxwell; Maxine PatrickPatricia Ponder-Maxwell
Laurey Brighta Perfect MarriageDaphne Clair; Clair Lorel; Clarissa Garland; Daphne de JongDaphne Clair Williams de Jong
Phoebe ConnNo Sweeter EcstasyCinnamon BurkePhoebe Jane Conn Ingwalson
Emma DarcyDon't Ask Me NowWendy & Frank Brennan
Katherine Deauxvilleblood red roses frontM. H. Davis; Maggie Daniels; Maggie DavisMaggie Hill-Davis
Teresa DenysThe Silver DevilJacqui Bianchi
Jude Devereauxthe black lyonJude Gilliam Montassir
Jacqueline Diamondone husband too manyJackie Hyman;
Jackie Diamond Hyman; Jacqueline Topaz; Jacqueline Jade;
Jackie Diamond Hyman Wilson
Kathleen DrymonDestiny’s SplendorKathleen McCallKathleen Drymon
Jane Featherbeloved enemyClaudia BishopJane Robotham
Connie FinchLone Star SurrenderGina Robins: Debra Falcon; Donnie DrakeConnie Fedderson
Peggy GaddisShadows on the Moon
Georgia Craig; Gail Jordan, Perry Lindsay; Peggy DernErolie Pearl Gaddis Dern
Roberta GellisSiren SongMax Daniels; Leah Jacobs; Priscilla HamiltonRoberta Gellis
Georgina GentryBandit’s EmbraceLynne Murphy
Catherine Georgecome back to meDeirdre Matthews
Victoria Gordonarafura pirateGordon AalborgGordon Aalborg
Heather GrahamGolden SurrenderShannon Drake; Heather Graham Pozzessere Heather Graham Pozzessere
Dorothy HeatoncherishmybelovedMary Cummins; Susan TaylorMary Susan Cummins
Melissa HepburnePassion's Proud CaptiveLisa LenoreCraige Broude
Kathryn HockettSweet Savage SurrenderMarcia Hockett & Kathy Lynn Kramer
Deana JamesCaptive AngelRachel Davies; Mona SizerMona D. Sizer
Kristin JamesThe YankeeLisa Gregory; Sharon Stephens; Candace CampCandace Camp
Penny JordanEscape From DesireCaroline Courtney; Annie Groves; Lydia Hitchcock; Melinda WrightPenelope Jones-Halsall
Kathryn KramerLove’s Blazing EcstasyKatherine Vickery; Kathryn HockettKathy Lynn Kramer
Jayne Ann KrentzThe CowboyJayne Bentley; Jayne Castle; Amanda Glass; Stephanie James; Amanda Quick; Jayne TaylorJayne Ann Castle Krentz
Charlotte LambCrescendoSheila Coates; Sheila Holland; Victoria Woolf; Laura Hardy; Sheila LancasterSheila Coates-Holland
Andrea Laytonso wild a raptureIris BancroftIris Bancroft
Leandra LoganDillon after darkMary Schulz
Laura LondonLightning that lingersTom & Sharon Curtis
Marsha ManningYesterday's LoveHettie GrimsteadHettie Grimstead
Connie MasonTaken By YouCara MilesConnie Mason
Anne MatherStormSpellMildred Grieveson
Kay McMahonVirginia VixenCatherine EmmCatherine Emm
Fern MichaelsTender WarriorMary Ruth Kuczkir (& Roberta Anderson)
Constance O’BanyonDakota DreamsMicha LeighEvelyn Gee
Diana PalmerNelsons BrandSusan Kyle; Diana Blayne; Katy CurrieSusan Spaeth
Natasha Peters Dangerous ObsessionAnastasia CleaverElizabeth Jordan
Dana RansomRebel VixenRosalyn West;
Nancy Gideon
Nancy Gideon
Louisa Rawlingswicked strangerEna Halliday; Sylvia HallidaySylvia Rosen Baumgarten
Barbara Riefetempt not this fleshAlan RiefeAlan Riefe
Nora Roberts Night ShiftJ. D. Robb; Jill March; Sarah HardestyEleonor Robertson
Maura Segerthe perfect coupleMaeve Fitzgerald; Anne MacNeill; Jenny Bates; Sara Jennings; Laurel Winslow; Laura Michaels; Laura Hastings; Josie LittonMaura Seger
Janette Seymouremmies loveMike Butterworth;
Carola Salisbury
Michael Butterworth
Valerie SherwoodBorn to LoveRosamund RoyalJeanne Hines
Lass SmallFour Dolars and Fifty One CentsCally Hughes;
Callie Hugher
Lass Small
Sally Wentworththe lion rockDoreen Hornsblow
Tiffany WhiteCheap ThrillsAnna Eberhardt
Jennifer WildeLove’s Tender FuryT.E. Huff; Edwina Marlowe; Beatrice Parker, Katherine St. ClairThomas E. Huff
Lauren WildeThe Texan’s LadyJoanne ReddJoanne Redd
Gina WilkinsChanging the rulesGina Ferris; Gina Ferris WilkinsGina Ferris Vaughan Wilkins
Jeanne Williamslady bought with riflesMegan Castell; Jeanne Crecy; Jeanne Foster, Deirdre Rowan; Kristian Michaels; J.R. WilliamsJeanne Williams

If you don’t see a pen name listed above, please let us know. Did you know these authors went by other names? Please drop a comment below and let us know what you think!

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  1. Hi, Jacqueline.

    As always, a well-researched article. It’s one of many things I appreciate about your work.

    To answer your question, yes, I did know that many of the book authors had pseudonyms; in many books, the author’s real name will be listed before the main book begins.

    I’ve only read a few of the authors you have listed, most notbaly Rosalyn Alsobrook (I’ve read books published under her real name and her aliases), and Connie Feddersen (as Carol Finch and Gina Robins). Interestingly, I found I liked the books written under Mrs. Alsobrook’s aliases better than the ones published under her own name (even though almost all were published by Zebra/Kensington).

  2. (Ok, it looks like I have to type all my comments out. I can use my phone to post articles, but not to reply comment, apparently. That is odd.)

    One of the things I appreciated about older works is that they were diligent on documenting real names and cover artist on their copy right pages. It makes research easier. Zebra had quite a few authors write books under one name and then use another pseudonym to create others. So too, did Harlequin, but I didn’t document many, as we haven’t covered those writers yet. This list will be a long work in progress. I know other sites provide author pseudonyms, but I want to have as much info available in one centralized location. This endeavor will take time, which I don’t mind. I have so many irons in the proverbial fire going on, that my focus is limited.

    I hope all is well, and your aches and pains aren’t acting up. This weather is atrocious for people with bad joint and/ or circulation issues. Hub wants to move to California, but if I’m going to live in a crappy state, I’ll stay in New York. Oh, I complain, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Home is home.

  3. Thanks so much, Jacqueline. Because of sources like Fiction Database, I’m always discovering more and more pseudonyms and real names. Your list is the first one I’ve come across that focuses on vintage romance authors. A big help! I’m sure I can add more listings in the future.

    I wonder: which romance author used the most pseudonyms? As I mentioned in my recent review of “Shadows on the Moon”, Peggy Gaddis used twelve, though some were for genres other than romance. Can anyone beat that?

    • I forgot to include Peggy on this list! I’ll add her to the Author pseudonym page. As I said, it’s a work in progress. There are many useful sites which provide pen names, but they include modern or non-romance authors. Our site will focus on vintage authors and link names to book reviews.

      Male author Con Sellers wrote some Gothic romances and historicals in the 1970s and 1980s. He wrote 300 books in total, from pulps to porn to westerns to sagas, and he had about 90 pseudonyms! He used to churn a book out every two weeks. I don’t know how those authors did it

  4. This is such a great article! I knew about a few of these and I can’t even describe the thrill I felt when I first found out Diana Palmer had books under Susan Kyle and Diana Blayne – some of which you can read online

    It’s so euphoric, when you’ve just finished the last book in your tbr stack for your favorite author and you’ve read all the books on the backlist already, and you’ve just made the decision to start your tbr stack all over again, but through the magic of online blogs and reading groups you discover not one but 2 pseudonyms!!!

    It was like stepping through the wardrobe to Narnia, when I found out Joan Hohl and Amii Lorin were one and the same and Sandra Brown is also Rachel Ryan and Erin St Claire, or even finding out Sarah Holland is Charlotte Lamb’s daughter! This was my introduction to A Candelight Ecstasy Imprint!

    • Dear Romance4real,

      Thank you for the links. One of my favorite authors, Louisa Rawlings, wrote under multiple aliases, and I had to collect everything she wrote! Also, thank you for the other author pseudonyms; I will add them to the master Author pseudonym page. I love getting feedback for these articles, it really helps out!

  5. Update:

    Micah Leigh was a one-off pseudonym used by Constance O’Banyon (real name Evelyn Gee) for an August 1986 historical romance called “Texas Dreams”. Ms. Gee (or O’Banyon if you prefer) wrote the book in collaboration with Emma Merritt, a prominent Zebra/Kensington author from the mid 1980’s-mid 1990’s who, before writing historicals for Zebra/Kensington, published nine Candlelight Ecstasy Romances under the name Emma Bennett.

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