I’ve been pushing the idea of taking an author photo around in my head for some time. Mostly I keep thinking of how boring it sounds, sitting around while someone takes pictures of me, hoping to get a good smile, both eyes open, and may it please the publisher, catching a spark of intelligence in my countenance.
When I look through books and see author photos I think, what does what they look like have to do with the stories they write? Nothing. But then I decided it could be a fun thing. You know, add a cool hat, or a kids tiara, I even snapped a selfie the other day with a pencil up my nose. (Yes I regressed to age ten, I blame FB) My friends found it amusing, but I doubt a publisher would agree.
And then it hit me. I can have a regular, everyday author photo, yawn, but in the background I want Jennifer Lawrence photobombing. I like that she’s not only doing this to other actors and such, but at places where everyone is supposed to be proper and on their best behaviour. I would choose Jennifer or Sir Ian McKellan. I will be seen as the hard-working writer, but one who doesn’t take herself so seriously, that she’d release a photo of herself with ‘Richard III’ snarling in the background.