D.G. Kaye reblogged this today and so pleased she did as you will find Helen Jones has set a very interesting challenge for you. The post was published at the end of last year but is definitely worth circulating again. A bio generator (no not a yogurt maker) but the thingy you put on the back of your book or Amazon.. Do you think I might sell more books with my version of Helen’s bio generator?
Sally Cronin was born in a wigwam in Boggy Bottom in 1953 and grew up in the village of Scratchy Bottom learning to make soap bubbles. They left England for Sri Lanka where they learnt to avoid leopards in the jungle at night. Sally now lives in Katmandu with her husband David and several pack rats. When not writing best-selling novels, Sally likes to crochet swimsuits.
Head over and add your own… hilarious and might just make a few changes to my bio on Amazon!
So I’ve been noticing a trend recently of, shall we say, somewhat overwrought author bios, in which every detail is teased into something magnificent, a picture of a life fabulously lived. I realise that there are, in fact, authors who do live wonderfully exciting lives but I also seem to remember a time when it wasn’t really important to know about it. A time when an author bio was a few lines at the end of a book, photograph optional, and usually read something like: ‘Author X was born in Wiltshire, and still lives there with her husband and three sons.’ Then, if Author X had written other books/and or won awards, these would also be listed. And that was about it. (I’m basing this on the very scientific research of spending time perusing my own bookcase and reading famous author bios, so you know…
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