First...EEEK! Today is Friday, which means I was supposed to be here...posting.
But I wasn't...So, uh, what can we talk about? How about author photos?
I have a photo shoot coming up on Monday. It's for an article in a local paper about my (soon to be released :) ) urban fantasy novel, Amazon Ink. Note the "ink." That word's important because the Amazons (also important) in my book own a tattoo shop.
Knowing this I shouldn't have been surprised when the editor said they wanted to take the picture at a local tattoo shop, but for some reason I was. In my mind I was going to be trotting into a nice personality-free room at the newspaper. I know exactly what said room would look like with it's big pull down paper background and I was comfortable with that. But when he said tattoo shop, I thought "Crap." I'm being honest here; that is what I thought. "I have to think about what to wear!"
Here's why. Studio shots are like the room they are taken in, sterile. You can wear anything you like. But on site? Well, it needs to "go" with the site, but it also has to "go" with you. Or at least I think it should. I really do not want to look like a poser. So, whatever I wear has to look appropriate for both a tattoo shop and me. And quite honestly while I love tattoos and loved that aspect of my book, I don't hang out at a lot of tattoo shops. So, my outfit now required thought.
For what it is worth, I've given it thought and have come up with what I think fits the bill. When the picture runs, I'll try and post a link and you can all tell me if I made a hit or a miss.
In the meantime, how do you feel about "themed" author photos--the Scottish historical author who poses with a sword (I could have done that, there's a sword on my cover), the dog mystery author who poses with her dog, or the kick ass urban fantasy author who poses in leather on a Harley? Love 'em or hate 'em? What causes you to go one way or the other?