My good friend Julie DeGuia (whom I first met randomly at Barnes & Noble and then again even more randomly at a SCBWI conference in Seattle) offered to take my author photo. Since I had already seen some of Julie's work and knew how amazingly talented she was, of course I answered, "YES!"
Julie probably didn't realize how much work taking my picture would turn out to be. A few days before our photo shoot date, I developed a sty in my eye that got infected and then turned into a CYST. (You may all barf at the disgustingness of this now. Go ahead, get it out of the way.)
I put on lots of makeup in an attempt to cover it up, but it was still pretty bad.
Julie, however, was undaunted and made me look PERFECTLY NORMAL in the pictures. I think she even painted in extra eyelashes. She's amazing, I tell you.
So, here are a few of the shots. Will you help me choose which to use in my upcoming MG novel, RED BUTTERFLY? I'm having a hard time picking a favorite.
Thanks again, Julie!!