Alas, whatever shall my name be

Hi.  I’m back.  I came back from the Surrey International Writer’s conference very excited, BUT easing back into everything and not trying to do everything at once, like last year.  I do, however, have a very important choice to make.  I have to change my twitter name to my name and it only allows 15 characters, I think.

You want people to be able to find you so that once I sell my amazing book, people can find me online.  So I thought I would ask for feedback on my name.  I didn’t really have much input the first time around, so I’m trying to remedy that.

I could be @mariannehansen




I like the first one because I’ve had it the longest.  I have heard one friend tell me Rencher is a more interesting last name and I have had one friend tell me the ‘ch’ in Rencher is harsh while Marianne Hansen is more smooth.

What do you think? 

(And these are the ONLY choices. (people who are thinking things they have always wanted to call me.) And not that there would be any pressure, but it will also be the name I write under.  And really no pressure because I may not take your advice.  But thank you for your time.)

9 responses to “Alas, whatever shall my name be

  1. Elena Aitken

    Here’s my opinion, for what it’s worth which may not be anything…

    Go with the first one Especially if that’s what you’re gut says. I agree the ‘ch’ sounds harsh. But who am I to talk with my ‘k’
    Oh ya and a totally illogical first name that no one can pronounce.
    Okay…go with @dietcoke
    Just a thought…

    • I think it is great you agree that the “ch” sounds harsh because you were the one who actually said that. It is always good to know when you are consistent 🙂

  2. Okay, so like me, you have three names (disaster!) and I so understand this dilemma. On twitter I am @rasjacobson because — as a teacher, I sign everything RASJ and everyone calls me Jacobson, even though my last name is hyphenated.

    So the real question is:to which name do YOU feel more connected? And which name do you really think you’ll publish under. I know that when my stinkin’ book is born, I’ll likely publish as Renee A. Schuls Jacobson, so people will be able to easily find me as Jacobson. (Because I’ll drop my hypen.)

    Do not do @mariannehr. No one buys books by people’s first name. (Unless you are Cher or Madonna.)

    @mhansenrencher is a mouthful; it takes up a lot of characters!

    I’m with elena on this: I like @mariannehansen, but only if you prefer to be known as hansen; otherwise go with the @mariannerencher. Don’t worry about how it sounds. Think about: Will people remember how to spell this properly? 😉

    We can’t have it all on twitter.

    • It looks like all the combinations with hansen may be taken so I may be using rencher out of default!

  3. Rebecca Stanfel

    I agree with Elena when it comes to the saying of Hansen vs. Rencher. I like the sound of Hansen. However, I also agree with Renee about choosing the name you will be publishing under. Do you want to publish your books as Marianne Hansen? As I’ve said before, my ego is way too big to write under a pseudonym. If I get a book published, I want everyone to know it’s mine…and sing my praises. So, I say, go with the name you want people to associate with your writing. Does it matter to you that Rencher is a less common name? I like both Hansen and Rencher, but Rencher is slightly more distinctive, isn’t it. But then, Elena is right when she says to go with your gut, which is leading you to Hansen Iand Diet Coke).

  4. Rebecca Stanfel

    Oops, I published that before I got to finish and check it for typos. Sorry about that.

    I do feel your pain. I went through a similar process after my son was born. Since I kept my name when I got married, my husband Jay and I went through the last name game. Should we hyphenate? Give the baby Jay’s last name? My last name? Make up something new from combining parts of our last names? Send our son onto the path of rock stardom by opting not to give him a last name at all? Eventually, we opted for the unconventional but right decision for us. We would skip names altogether and simply refer to our son as a symbol a la Prince. Just kidding. We gave the baby my last name, which oddly enough outraged both our families. But I’m getting off message here. What I’m trying to say is to follow your instincts and choose something you’ll want to stick with and use for the long haul. They’re all good choices. I don’t think you can wrong. What truly matters is the writing behind the name, and you’ve got that. As always, your post made me laugh and think.

    Happy choosing!

  5. Ok so I just (right this very moment) realized that you had “Rencher” after Hansen. I guess my eye automatically stopped once I read Hansen.

    Hmmm, so Hansen flows off the tongue better but Rencher is more stand out unique. I know of several Hansens but only one Rencher. Is unique something that is desired in the writing community?

    I have a very unique last name (both maiden and married) but given that each name contains 9 letters (and are not that easily pronounced) there was no way any form of hyphenation was happening (except on my professional license which I just scribble a signature so it’s all good).

    Unique and easy (no not you). Rencher may be just that. But I like Hansen too. Sorry. I’ll stop. Now.

  6. I like mariannehansen because the ‘h’ is taller, and, therefore, puts a distinction between the first and last name when typed in lowercase and put together. I also like it because it is my last name now… sharing the name of the man I have enjoyed being partners with. I have had it for 27 years – longer than I had my maiden name, and it comes way before “W” in the alphabet (which is what my maiden name started with). Therefore, my children get to be close to the front when they line up at school instead of at the end. (Enough about me… Back to you): The ‘a’ in ‘anne’ sounds like the ‘a’ in ‘hansen’ – so it flows.

    I like mariannerencher because it is your married name (and your husband is is a pretty cool guy). You will, one day, have it longer than you had ‘hansen’ (as a surname that is). I like it because it is your present and your future – with your husband and your children. It is who you are becoming (more interesting & amazing).

    When you are 95 years old, looking back, what would you most be proud to be called or known by – the name that identifies you with your children and husband, or with your parents and siblings?

    good luck!

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