Well, folks, the time has come. I hoped that Temp would attract a little attention, and now it has. The problem is, when your book gets attention, people don’t just want to know about the book. They also want to know about you. And, despite the fact that writing is all about your ideas, they want to see what you look like.
Most people who know me probably never figured this out, but I’m extremely shy (every behavior to contradict that has just been me faking it ‘till I made it). I would guess that most book authors are bashful about limelight, or at least don’t lap up personal publicity the way a real star would.
Basically, when working on a book, we sit in a room for hours every day talking to ourselves. It’s a long, magical, excruciating process, and at the end of a 100,000 word dialogue, you don’t know whether you want to reward or do violence to yourself just to catch a break from your own noise. That’s where beer comes in—it satisfies both needs simultaneously.
But my pickle for today is that shy little me needs an “author photo” for an upcoming media plug. And I need it fast.
Author photos are tricky. We can’t all be William Shatner and exude coy, sexy confidence with a single glance. And we can’t all stare down the camera with an extremely likeable eat-shit-and-die scowl like Steinbeck.
The question is: How can someone exude the personality of themselves, their book, and their blossoming brand without looking like a total douche? Photos of authors “at the office” only pull the wizard’s curtain away to reveal how tragic the writing process really is. Pics with hands supporting chins because the author’s head is just sooo heavy with ideas don’t always work. And I can’t look like a badass while smoking a cigarette—my book’s tricks are partially for kids. Plus, I don’t smoke.
So I’m pushing the big red button and calling all inventive folks: What’s your best idea for a fun, creative author photo? The rules of the game are that it has to be something easily pulled off with a point-and-shoot, and with props I could likely find around the house. Sure, I could spring for a fancy photo shoot, but there’s no home grown fun in that. Leave a comment with your idea, and let’s get crafty. To sweeten the pot, the person who comes up with the most creative or interesting idea will get a free, bona fide copy of Temp: An Accidental Fairytale.
Once I take a few author photos, I’ll post them here. You just have to promise not to be as critical of me as I am of others. Okay? Promise?