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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Best "Surreptitious" Non-Man Writer

Probably not what you had in mind for a
best-selling crime detective fiction author
Image description: PD James
Who is the best non-man writer who wrote under a pseudonym to disguise that fact?  

Our May poll is live!  

Many authors have disguised their names to get around the rampant sexism of the publishing industry, which (while better than before) still very much exists today. They either used an androgynous form of their own name or an outright male-sounding pen name.

From your nominations we have put together an extensive poll. As the topic didn't seem to be grabbing folks as much as some others, I decided to go with one massive poll instead of split into semifinals, so everyone will be getting SIX (6) votes! Before you simply vote for your favorite six, consider that, as there is no ranking of those votes; each vote beyond one dilutes the power of your choices a little more. So if you have a genuine favorite–or pair of favorites–it's better to use as few votes as possible.

The poll itself is on the left side, at the bottom of the side menus.


  1. The poll doesn't includ A.M. Homes! She would be my vote.

    1. Most of my polls are from reader generated nominations, so hopefully the next time this subject comes around, you can get A.M. Homes on there!