Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Egad- I'm Going to be Shot!
So they want me to take a new photo.
Seems the ol’ mug shot is a bit too . . . dated. It was taken back when I was writing women’s fiction as well as suspense. Too sweet, too nice. This is what the agent tells me. (My paraphrase; I can’t remember his exact words.)
Publisher and agent agree on the look. (I’m just supposed to figure out whatever the heck it means.) It is to be: (A) Mysterious. That suspense writer ooh-I-know-more-about-poisons-than-you-could-ever-guess look. But . . . (B) With a touch of warmth. That yes-I-could-kill-you-a-million-ways-to-Sunday-but-really-you-can-trust-me-because-I’m-at-heart-a-great-gal look.
Wanna help me figure out just what I’m supposed to wear for this thing? Make sure you follow the--
Rules (Per agent and publisher):
1. Keep most the colors on the darker side. Probably black in there somewhere.
But I’m a bright color person . . .
2. Clothes should not be too dressy and not too casual.
Hm . . .
3. No glitz, no glimmer. No rhinestones on the jeans.
4. Water in the background—after all, this is for the Kanner Lake series.
This one I can handle. I’m zipping up to Coeur d’Alene, where we’ll do the shoot lakeside. I’ll take any excuse I can get to go to Idaho.
5. We gotta come away with at least one good full-length shot and one head shot.
Yikes. Twice the chance to mess this thing up.
So. Thursday before Easter’s the big day. Scheduled at the lake in Coeur d’Alene at 4:00 p.m. Great time, says the photographer, as the sun will start to go down and we’ll get some good shadows. (If you’re a suspense author, you’re supposed to love shadows. Part of that mysterious thing, you know.)
One great part to this—the photographer’s all digital. You know what that means, don’t you?
The fabulous A-word.