Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Author Image, To Thine Own Self Be True!

Hey, that’s me, right there in the picture looking all Danielle Steele with my coiffed hair and spiffy duds and spangly necklace hanging low.  Looking all polished and manicured and sedate.  Looking all adult-like.

This is my official 'Author' picture taken for the jacket of a one of my books.  This is the image potential readers will have emblazoned in their minds for all posterity.  Author images say so much and I truly want to give a true representation of myself.

Only the picture above is not really me. 

I mean, where’s the big glopping chocolate ice cream stain down the front? What happened to my raccoon tail hair? Where has my chin disappeared to? And can that sweater get any greener and the background any redder?

As disturbing as it is, the following picture is a more accurate representation of myself.

Scary, I know (at least I cropped out my new found jelly roll).

So maybe such a 'realistic' image isn't the thing to present to prospective readers.

So what to do? I’d like a picture that represents my true self without making me look like Danielle Steele or Charlize Theron in the movie Monster. 

I'm looking for the middle ground, a picture that says smart, fun, and a bit dangerous. I think I have it. Check it out.

This picture has it all:
  • smart because I have a book in my hand,
  • fun because I’m hiding playfully behind the book, 
  • and a bit dangerous because my shoulders are bare and I could contract skin cancer.
I feel this is the best possible picture for me.  But you be the judge. Which picture you prefer?

Also, if you suddenly became a world famous chef, or actor, or notorious killer and had to plaster your face all over the world, which route would you take?  Icy, clean professional or bare-boned, raw realism?  Or would you take the middle ground?

Leave a comment and let me know.   

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Idabel But Were Afraid to Ask (for good reason):

1. Yes, I am probably the greatest writer named Idabel Allen featured in this blog.
2. No, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was not based on my life. At least, not all of it.
3. Yes, I've memorized witty comebacks for future NPR Fresh Air interviews for my books.
4. Yes, I dreamed Tammy Wynette agreed to let me write her memoir. SCORE!
5. No, I don't believe ebooks will kill traditional books. But I DO believe video killed the radio star (:
6. Yes, my favorite poem is There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury from The Martian Chronicles.
7. No, I have never dressed in character and recited entire passages of Beloved. Okay, maybe 4 times.
8. Yes, the name Idabel comes from the Truman Capote novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms.
9. No, despite rumors, I am not Flannery O'Conner or Eudora Welty incarnate. I just like to think I am.
10. Yes, I need more cowbell.