my editor called me today and said, "could you write a brief bio for your jacket copy and for the catalog?" sure! no problem! (I'm an eager beaver, you know.)
of course, little did I know that this is FAR FAR easier said than done!
here's the thing...I am a publicist by day. I make my living writing bios of people, among other things. And I can honestly say that I've never spent more than 30 minutes on one. Until I had to write my own.
For some reason, writing about myself is the hardest thing in the world for me. At first, I couldn't think of a single interesting thing to say--not ONE thing ANYONE would care to hear. Pathetic, right? And then, when I started to write information about my background, it just started to sound boastful and awful. Ugh.
Suffice to say, I hated every minute of it. But I did it... and here's what I ended up sending:
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She is currently at work on her second novel.
Oy. So nervewracking!