FINNEGAN FLAWNT, a [personal] case study

At the end of 2008 I listened to Derek Walcott, the poet, on BBC World Service talk about writing. It awoke my own lifelong desire to write fiction and from 2009 began to compose and publish short stories. For 18 months, I published under a pseudonym, Finnegan Flawnt. I had chosen this name partly because of my reverie for The Irish writers Joyce and Beckett, but also because of the slightly hidden meaning of the last name: ‘to flaunt’ means to display oneself ostentatiously to provoke admiration. Perhaps there were also other linguistic shades: the fear of failure, because ‘flawed’ and ‘flawnt’ seem so near to my German ear. But I didn’t only write and sign as Finnegan Flawnt, I also actively built his personality… Read More …