People have asked about my name, if I’m related to one or more other Wilhelms here in Oregon. I’m not. My maiden name was Meredith and I started writing when I was married to Joseph Wilhelm. No one advised me to use my maiden name as my pen name and I didn’t think of it at the time. So, no relation to other Wilhelms. Since I had been published using the Wilhelm name, I was advised to stick with it. Later, thinking about it, I came to realize that bit of advice was probably wrong. At that point in my career a name change would have meant very little. I might add that in my many years of teaching writing, I always advised young women to use their maiden names. No one knows what changes the future will bring to any of us, but the name one is born with remains intact.