I’ve been a writer all my life. A few years back, my mother provided me with a box of memorabilia from my childhood. Inside, along with report cards and newspaper clippings, I found short stories, poems and songs I had written in elementary school.
For most of my adult life, I worked in Corporate America and raised a family. My creative juices sat on a shelf, bottled up. Occasionally, I would write a quick poem or pen a short story.
I had always intended to write short stories, until one of my stories kept growing. I couldn’t turn my brain off. Before long, I had an entire world created full of characters and subplots. I realized I had become a novelist.
When I launched First Manuscript in 2011, I published articles under the pen name of Newbie Author
Why not my own name? I was worried that, when it came time to find an agent, my blogging would expose my lack of expertise and limit my potential for getting published. Later, I realized having a website with a sizeable audience would be a huge benefit in getting published.
I planned to publish using my real name, Thomas Greer
. but then I discovered Thomas H. Greer had already published many books. A little more searching led to books authored by Thomas Greer, Tom Greer, Tom C. Greer, Thomas J. Greer PI, and Thomas Keister Greer.
That’s when I decided I needed a distinctive pen name, one that readers could easily remember. The process of selecting a pen name took months. With the help of other writers and editors, I selected Dax MacGregor
Now, Dax is the owner of this website. He also has another website (daxmacgregor.com
) as a placeholder for when he has books published. You can also find Dax on Facebook