I'm not going to have a photo either if I ever get published. I may just sign up for 2nd Life and create an avatar.
Thomas Pynchon doesn't have one except for the paper bag he wore on The Simpsons. Wonder if he doesn't mind sparing another for me.
Lol, I've never seen Mr. Martin's photo. I remember reading Janet Evanovich for the first time when I was like 17 and I seriously thought she was like 30 or late 20s or something! Stephanie Plum, I thought was Janet in disguise. She actually looks good for in her, what, 60s or something?
IDK, would people maybe not
buy a book if the author doesn't look like George Clooney or Megan Fox? Lauren from The Hills wrote a novel, but she's, y'know, Lauren Conrad, so that's OK. Rob Lowe just wrote a memoir; so did Rick Springfield a little while back. Still hot in their 50s, btw. (Oh, and Charlie Sheen wrote a book of poetry in 1990. He's obnoxious but at least he's still kinda cute. And he was in '90 too.)
I mean, I've never actually paid much attention to the author's picture. (Like I said, I didn't even know Janet Evanovich was, like, my grandmother.) Stephen King's no Rob Lowe, obviously, but he maintains such a low profile anyway that the story is really what stands out. There aren't even any public pictures of Salinger besides that one on Wikipedia of him in his 40s/50s wearing a suit. I think we live in such an image conscious society that even wannabe authors need to go get a Hollywood makeover or at least look "stylish" if they're to project the right image. Janet smiles on all her books because, well, she's Janet. Grisham looks all professional because he was once a lawyer, and all his books are courtroom dramas. James Patterson usually looks gruff and wears a baseball cap or something. Neil Gaiman looks like he could be some British rock star.
I look like something that crawled out of one of Gaiman's or King's nightmares. (At least that's what I think.)
Me, I'm going to wear that Anonymous mask from V for Vendetta that the 4chan sites are so fond of.
Either that or I'll honor the late Mr. Jobs and superimpose the Mac Face
over my own. But I tend to be a goofy person anyway, and a lot of what I write is comedic or otherwise satirical, so maybe I'll just give in and smile in my picture. Putting the Pushcart before the Four Horsemen, though, 'cause I haven't even written much of anything yet.