Author Photo: Vote Now!

My agent requested my bio and photo for the agency Web site, and I need your help! Take a look at my extensive portrait portfolio below and think about which one would look best on my bio and book jacket. Vote on your favorite!

1) Hard at Work… Yawn. This one really showcases my Puritan work ethic. My agent, publisher, and readers can clearly see that I’m a real go-getter with upper management potential. Watch out, world! Here I come!

2) Mornings are Hard! Professional and pleasant, I’m a real people-person. Especially between the hours of, well, night time.

3) Santa’s Little Helper. A true Renaissance girl, my talents on the page don’t end with words. As an artist, it’s important to open myself to all creative pursuits, and this piece from my 1979 collection (the magic-marker-on-construction-paper period) says it all. And more. And maybe too much.

4) I Can Soooo Relate! I write about teenagers, for teenagers. Nothing like a peek into my own dreadful adolescence to bridge the generational gap.

5) Childhood Trauma? Check! Nothing inspires great writing like a horrible childhood. This photo, also taken during the magic marker period, illustrates the poverty we endured as poor suburban children. See that wooden wagon my roly-poly brother is stuck in? Yeah, that was our car. Imagine how difficult it was for Dad to get to work! Aforementioned roly-poly also ate all the food in our house, while the rest of us starved. And Mom had to sew all of our clothes (exhibit A, red and white striped jumper paired with Dad’s old bowling shoes). And see that brown plaid couch in the background? Same one I tried to set on fire with the hairdryer when I was 10. I just couldn’t take it anymore! Believe me, folks, I’ll get some real page-turners out of this childhood!

6) Life is So Much Better in 2D! Maybe my Yahoo avatar will do the trick. She’s much cuter than me, and skinnier, with better hair and shoes. A little flat, though…

7) I’ll Do Just About Anything to Sell That Book! Naughty veil, feather boa, cleavage, you name it! Just like at my bachelorette party, there’s nothing I won’t do to draw inappropriate attention to myself. Just imagine what I can do at a book signing event! Fun and classy!

Loyal readers, I need your help deciding on my official author photo! Will it be…

1) Hard at Work… Yawn.
2) Mornings are Hard!
3) Santa’s Little Helper.
4) I Can Soooo Relate!
5) Childhood Trauma? Check! or
6) Life is So Much Better in 2D!
7) I’ll Do Just About Anything to Sell That Book!

You decide! Vote early and often in the comments section below!