The book I’m currently reading (Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock) has a great big picture of the author on the back cover. I showed it to my husband and commented, “It would be absolutely mortifying to see a picture of my face displayed like that.”
One of the things that I really like about writing is the anonymity of it. I can hide behind characters, and reveal my innermost thoughts without revealing anything at all. I strive to be, as the author, completely invisible in my novels.
Of course, with setting up an author’s page on Amazon, they ask for a bio and photos.
I wonder, do readers really care what the author looks like?
Personally, I don’t.
Personally, sometimes I wish that I didn’t know what an author looked like.
I’m contemplating whether or not I ought to include that particular bit of info, and hide safely in my anonymity.