All pseudonyms used for various reasons; some to trick publishers into buying a book and others to trick an unwilling audience into reading it.
  1. A.N. Roquelaure, Frances O'Brien, Howard Allen (her birth name)
    AKA Anne Rice, well known for Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat.
  2. L.M. Montgomery
    AKA Lucy Maud Montgomery, well known for the Anne Shirley series (and her ties to P.E.I.❤️)
  3. A.M. Barnard or Flora Fairfield
    AKA Louisa May Alcott, well known for Little Women. Some works under the pen name, Barnard, were published as recently as in the last few decades.
  4. Currer Bell, Ellis Bell & Acton Bell
    AKA Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte & Anne Bronte, well known for Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, respectively. They never revealed their motivation behind choosing these particular pseudonyms, but there's no shortage of speculation on the matter.
  5. George Sand
    AKA Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, well known for Indiana and one of the only authors I recognize more by her alias than her given name.
  6. J.K. Rowling or Robert Galbraith
    AKA Joanne Rowling, best known for, duh, everyone's favourite YA wizard series. Fun fact: She doesn't have a middle name!
  7. Isak Dineson
    AKA Karen Blixen, well known for Out of Africa and Seven Gothic Tales, in which she wrote words these words I love dearly, "'I know the cure for everything. Salt water.' 'Salt water?,' I asked him. 'Yes,' he said. 'In one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.'"
  8. Anonymous or A Lady
    AKA Jane Austen, well known for Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, take your pick!
  9. P.L. Travers
    AKA Pamela Lyndon Travers, well known for the Mary Poppins series and stories of her seemingly long and complex relationship with Walt Disney.
  10. E.L. James
    Erika Leonard, known for Fifty Shades fame.
  11. Rosamond Smith
    AKA Joyce Carol Oates, particularly known for publishing the mystery "Lives of the Twins" under this name to, "Escape from my own identity," she says.