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Why the Pen Name Lincoln Tuvelais?

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Lincoln is actually a legit on-the-birth-certificate middle name. Sadly, Lincoln is the only thing distinctive about my name. I have several perfectly serviceable names, but they are all so common that I have many competitors. My first and last name for instance, is already taken five times. Yep, five other women are already publishing under my name. {Sigh} It’s a marketing disaster to be Ms. Boringly Common, the Sixth!

Well, my middle name is fairly distinctive. Let’s work with that. After jiggering around first and last and middle names in as many combinations as possible. I was still hip-deep in other writers with identical names. In exasperation, I logged on to Google translate, translated “into the future” to Finnish and then subtracted letters until it was vaguely pronounceable.

Job done. Nobody’s got Lincoln Tuvelais!

Except that nobody knows how to pronounce it. 🙄

So here you go: “Two-Vuh-Laze” it rhymes with Rabelais.

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