As Susan Bell put it, “editing is math and editing is also jazz” (2007). CPE credentials can ensure the math aspect of editing, but not the jazz. I would be so bold as to say that those I interviewed would agree.
Before I had even gotten the words on the page, I was worrying about if I needed to seriously consider having a pen name to avoid condemnation from my future readers that would know me personally. I knew that I needed to write. I knew I needed to get angry.