I'm wondering what the rationale is behind an author's decision to use really, really old (as in younger) photos of themselves. Have you all noticed this?
More than once at the national Romance Writers of America annual conference (which is going on this week in Atlanta) I've been shocked to meet Famous Author who looks absolutely nothing like her outdated photo. In most cases she looks about 30 years older.
It's a pity this country is so youth oriented it doesn't value the wisdom imparted by older authors. Of course, some of that might be blamed on the fact that a majority of editors at most New York publishing houses are only a couple of years removed from college, and authors know they have to appeal to these editors who have the power of the pursestrings.
On the subject of author photos, I'm really glad those utterly phoney glamour shots have fallen out of favor -- especially those jaunty hats that few women ever wear. But it seems like half the authors out there are now being captured in a power suit, standing in a confident stance that seems to say, "Take that, John Grisham."
Personally, I like to wear pearls in my publicity shots. They not only convey femininity but also a timeless elegance -- both qualities I like to capture in my books. To see my three-year-old publicity photo that needs to be updated (because of new hair style), check out my website at www.cherylbolen.com. While there, you'll see I'm not exactly young. I'm not yet a grandmother, though I'm old enough to be. I'm actually proud that I have a lot of life experience from which to draw for my books.