Every once in a while, I like to remind people just who the heck I am.
Granted, most of you already know me to some extent. Maybe we went to high school or college together. Maybe we have or do work together. Maybe you've interacted with me online. Heck, maybe you've even read something of mine and kind of sort of liked it enough to check out my blog.
That's all pretty awesome.
I've spent the last few days trying to write a 100 word bio for Super Cool Secret Thing (that I hope to be able to talk about soon). It made me realize what a hard time I have describing myself, which is an odd thing to realize, given how often I talk about myself.
I started with the things I would want a potential reader to know about me, like the fact that my first book, "I Pray Hardest When I'm Being Shot At," is available now from Hellgate Press, and that it was just nominated for an Independent Literary Award in Memoir/Biography. It's important to get that out there right off the bat, since I want this theoretical reader to know that if they like what they're reading, there's an honest to god book that was not published by me out there for them to buy.
Of course, I'd also want them to come here to my blog, because all of the aforementioned information can be found here in some way, shape, or form. And if they want to come to my blog, they should really check out my Twitter account, too.
All of that was pretty easy to come up with. But it also all felt pedestrian. It didn't really give an indication as to who I am, or even why anyone should care about what I do.
This has always been a problem for me. There's a writer named Peter David who refers to himself as a "writer of stuff," and I always thought that was great. It neatly sidesteps the issue. Asking a writer what they write is like asking a band what they sound like, and I have found myself in both positions.
So what do I do, exactly?
If I'm honest and, I hope, being overly simplistic, I would say that I write love stories. Really. Over and over again I write love stories, I just dress them in different clothes. Add some zombies, add a few wars, add time travel, add a haunted house. But at their core, they are all love stories, because deep down inside I am a horrible romantic.
If you've ever been in love or are thinking about being in love, then I'm the writer for you.
And, really, there could be worse things to be. After all, who doesn't love a good love story?