I was wondering the other day - how much do you want to know about the authors you read?
Personally, I don't really want to know that much. And I've learned from experience there are some things about a person I really don't want to know. Keep it simple and superficial. But I suspect I'm not a typical reader.
I guess I like knowing that Allison Brennan is about my age and that one of her girls is the same age as mine. Or that Roxanne St. Claire's son is the Kid's age. Or that Kristen Painter has a bunch of cats. But if I didn't know any of that, I'd still read their books.
But sometimes I learn unpleasant things. And I don't know about you, but for me, it ruins everything they've ever written. (Nothing ever from the aforementioned authors. They're all peachy in my book.)
I expect in these weird times we're living in, it's unavoidable. Social media gives everyone way more information about a person than they've ever had access to before.
And I've seen a trend - not sure if it's new or I'm just now noticing it - of authors putting their bio info above the book info in their marketing efforts. When I'm looking for a new book, I definitely don't want to read about the author first. Unless it's pertinent to the book, but that's mostly pertinent to non-fiction. Tell me about the story. Then if I like the story premise, I'll scroll down to see what you're all about so I maybe get a heads-up about what you've written.
Here's my Amazon bio:
Short. Simple. You want more in-depth, read this blog or follow me on FB. (You can try friending me, but I don't accept all the friend requests on my personal page. It's hit or miss there.)
So, tell me, how much info do you want to know about the authors you read? If you are an author, how much information do you make public?