This question comes in from a Secret reader who also likes to write:
Dear Mr. Bosch. I wrote a book and I have given the characters aliases. I'd like to know, should I also use a pseudonym when I am done writing the book?
Mr. Bosch says, the short answer is:
Using a pseudonym depends on how good the fake names of your characters are. The better they are, the less you need a pseudonym (but still use one). But scrimp in one department and you'll have to overpay in the other.