You might notice that there’s a new photo of me on this page. The thinking was that maybe you didn’t get here through the home page and wouldn’t have a clue who I was, so a photo and a brief caption would give you a quick idea. And due to Barrett’s web master magic the background sort of looks like I’m somewhere where springtime actually exists and not in the land of ice and snow that I actually live in. I appreciate that.
However, I’m a bit concerned that I look sort of scary and vampiric. Maybe it’s the lighting? Doesn’t it look like I’m about to sprout fangs and take a taste from the nearest hapless victim?
But it isn’t as though there’s a photo I like better. In fact, the current photo on my homepage was taken by Web Master Barrett AFTER a five mile bike ride and two mile walk in the middle of summer. There’s definitely a glow there and it’s not an overly flattering one. Plus, there’s the lovely exercise t-shirt I have on. Yes! So fashion forward. And yet, still there isn’t a better picture.
Justine Larbalestier wrote a great rant on author photos. I think web site photos are equally impossible. You just have to pick one and deal with it and hope that people don’t hate you on sight. But the bonus of the vampiric photo? Maybe people will be too scared to do anything about it.
p.s. I don’t know what J.L.’s worried about though, her recent author photo is perfect — it’s all about the boots!