Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Say cheese!

A photographic bonanza in which I reveal that I look nothing like my official author photo and am stymied in my quest for a new one.

First, I got my first photographic evidence that Two of a Kind has been released into the wild. Here it is on the shelf at Nicola's Books, here in Ann Arbor (oh, Nicola's, how I adore thee).

Note that I am facing out (yippee!) and right next to Thunder Boomer, which is by the fabulous Shutta Crum, whom I am lucky to call friend and critique buddy, and who gave Two of a Kind a sweet shout-out on her own impossibly chock-full-of-goodies website. Y'all should read Thunder Boomer, or "Funda Boom!" as Destructo calls it. Thanks to my sister for the photo, and for holding back from buying more than one book last night when it looked like we'd sell out (which we did -- cue awkward running man dance).

Secondly, if you look to the left, you'll see my current official author photo, which the lovely Sonya Sones took at last year's SCBWI-LA conference. It is fine, but it doesn't look that much like me, by which I mean I love it because you can't tell at all what I look like from it and also it looks like I glow and have never seen a wrinkle upon me. This is not Sonya's fault; it was one million degrees of sunny when she took the picture.

In any case, it has been suggested that I have a new photo taken. I am a cheapskate kill-two-birds-with-one-stone kind of gal, so I thought, "Aha! I will have someone take picture of me at the launch party when I already have lipstick and that other stuff on anyway lord knows I don't do THAT very often so I might as well take a photo."

What you are about to see is in no way the fault of the lovely Amy at 826michigan whom I roped into taking said photos after I totally spaced my camera. It's just that it turns out that:
1. I never shut up am sort of talkative, and
2. While I talk, I apparently gesture and make faces like a demented circus clown am somewhat expressive.

Therefore, my choices for Jacqui's new author photo are limited to:

1. "Jacqui shows her bottom teeth"

2. "Jacqui sneers at children"

Or, 3. "Look what color Jacqui's hair really is."

Sigh. Look at the books, focus on the pretty books...


cath c said...

you are too funny, as always...funny also that most pics of me are rather similar to the above three of you!

Debbie Diesen said...

If it's any consolation, you're not alone in the facial-contortion-photo boat. When I see in-action photos of me from story time readings, I inevitably look like I just drank a glassful of unsweetened lemon juice.

Corey Schwartz said...

You are hilarious! Wish I could come to one of your readings and meet you in person :)

Boni Ashburn said...

I vote for Picture #2!


Jacqui said...

Boni, can't you see it on the back on my next book?!

cath, I might have guessed...

Debbie, exactly.

Corey, me too!