Gender inequality in the 21st Century? Surely not!
Throughout time, it has been widely known that women are less accepted than men in most areas of their careers. Writing is no exception. Many women have had to use pen names in order to publish their work and be accepted in the literary world. I recently spoke to author and blogger James Chartrand, Web Development team Men with Pens. James was a successful and well known writer for two years before controversially stating on Copy Blogger that in fact he was a she!
You have stated on Copy Blogger that you chose a name that would command respect; you could have chosen any male name how did you decide on that particular pseudonym?
I used to write creative fiction, and one of the characters’ names was James Chartrand – I’d chosen James because it was the name of a childhood friend, and I liked it, and I chose Chartrand as a tip of the hat to my Québecois roots. So it was a name I was familiar with, that felt comfortable to me and that reflected my personality well. There really wasn’t any more deep deliberation than that! (more…)