On another blog I participate on, the question was about the author's looks and went on to whether or not people judged the book by the author's photo on the book.
The gals on this blog are not only much younger than I am but definitely much better looking, I hope no one holds that against me.
For one of my first books I had a glamor shot done--no feathers or tiaras--but someone did my make-up and I looked pretty good--not too much like the real me though. That same shot appeared on about three books--it didn't age, but I did.
I knew I had to quit using it when at a book event, someone would look at me, look at that picture and then back at me and ask, "Is this you?"
Now, when someone takes a casual photo of me that turns out pretty well, that might be the one I use for the book. One of my publishers puts my picture on a page on the inside of the back--do you suppose that's a message of some sort?
Not even a super photographer and air-brushing is going to change the fact that I'm a plump great-grandma who's been around for awhile.
Now if only someone could take a shot of my imagination and use that as my author photo, I know that would be far more interesting.
What's your opinion about authors' photographs? Would one ever make you change your mind about buying a book?