March 27, 2012
Strike a Pose
One of my favorite writers is Richard Russo. He wrote several books including Empire Falls and Nobody's Fool, both were turned into movies. Anyway, I've seen photos of him on his book covers, but had never seen him in person. (I wonder if he really writes by hand!) I saw him in Tucson at the book festival and he looks just like his photo. He's a short, older guy with gray hair. It made sense to see him...he looked like his photo and he spoke like he wrote, smart with a wiry sense of humor.
Sometimes when you see authors in person you discover that the photo on their book was taken long ago...even before email or cell phones. I can't blame an author for wanting an attractive photo. Still, I can't help thinking it's silly for authors not to keep their photos updated especially these days when someone has a baby, or gets married, or visits China, and then posts the photos on Facebook seconds later. We can't hide anymore. I once saw an author who looked so vastly different than her book jacket photo, I couldn't help wonder if she was just a stand in for the real, younger, slimmer author.
All this got me to thinking about what author's photo I will use someday for my novel. I looked and looked for a photo of me sitting in a sunny room, or looking upward as if having great thoughts like Gail's photo. Nothing. So in the meantime I'll use this one. At least it's current.