"She started as Margaret of Shaftesbury, a pseudonym she adopted as a member of a medieval reenactment society, when she self-published chapbooks. Then came Mary Monica Pulver with a series of short stories -- and her first professional sale, to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. She used her real name in a series of stories she wrote with her husband. She collaborated with a friend (Gail Frazer) and the duo became Margaret Frazer. Then her editor asked her to cook up a new series of mysteries -- oh, and to get a new name (she wouldn't want to confuse readers), and that's how Monica Ferris came to be."