A writer needs to get out into the world in order to be able to write. It’s a conundrum. Not only do you need something to write about but you need money to live on and just as for rock stars, the touring pays the bills, not the records/books. (records? CDs? Downloads? exactly the point)
We’re excited to be invited somewhere. A chance to connect with new readers! It may involve a hotel stay, free dinners out, socializing with peers and meeting their new works.
But then the request comes. Could you send a CV, 50/100/300 word bio along with a photograph, a headshot of something, something dpi?
Maybe other writers get away with a one stop kind of bio but for me it’s a dreaded writing job. I have to insert the newest book information into my never changing history and make myself appealing to an audience.
The photograph can be another huge chore. To be sexist, it’s more of job for a female writer as makeup and hairstyling can be considered benchmarks of good grooming and that’s usually not our thing. And head shots are boring! I want to be seen in action. What action? Sitting on a couch curled up with a laptop?
I want to be seen more as one of my heroines. Younger and more colourful
Or doing active research for my story. Only with makeup and a fresh hairstyle.
Or surrounded by tons of reverential readers.
To amuse you here are a couple of shots in an effort to accompany a dog walking mystery. The story was inspired by dog sitting for my granddog Worf, a powerful horse of a canine, alongside my own Jackapoo Mortie, a hyperactive, hyper barking teacup.