So here’s the thing…
Lately I’ve been writing author information about myself for various reasons, as you do. As I was doing this, I heard or read someone (bear with me, this is going to be a vague story), an agent or an editor, I think, rather than a marketing person, who claimed that she was a new breed of agent/editor and she was looking at selling the writer rather than the book, that she was actively seeking people who had some particular thing about them that would make readers interested in them, and that that make people want to read their books.
And what I’m been wondering is, why? who cares? what difference does it make who I am?
There is nothing I can say that is going to make anyone think, “Wow! What a fascinating/terrifying/pitiful/exotic/amusing/inspirational life. I absolutely must rush out and buy her book right now.” I am a middle-aged, middle-class, white, heterosexual, able-bodied woman who has suffered no tragedies, never been famous or related to anyone famous, and never had any very great adventures.
Can I put that in my author info? I don’t think so.
But why should it matter?
C S Lewis never went to Narnia.
J K Rowling is not a boy wizard.
Richard Adams is not a rabbit.
I can be anything I want to be when I write. And I can take you with me if you’ll let me. That’s the power of imagination.