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Please Help me Choose my Author Photo – Here are your Options

It is time for me to start thinking about my author photo. I’m not a big fan of my own face, but apparently I’m not going to get away with just submitting a picture of my formidable back musculature.

As always, I turn to you, fine readers.

I’ve recently taken some photos. It’s probably going to have to come from this batch.

Photo One:


What can I say? I wanted some truffles and couldn’t find any.

This isn’t my finest moment, but it does a rather good job of illustrating my unchecked aggression when I am feeling frustrated and entitled.

And it uses my scary white left eye to great effect.

Photo 2


I can’t remember if this is a picture of myself or Terry Goodkind, but it feels right. But then, when does a spandex turtleneck feel wrong?

It sure was dark in that room. Good thing I, or he, had my, or his, sunglasses.

Photo 3


A shot of me during my off-season diet. Demonstrates both my glossy pelt and my commitment to mass. And my love of sloth.

Photo 4


If I had better dental care I would go more often, but I don’t, so I won’t. I do have to say that the day they took this picture, I was registering some cataclysmic personal records in hind-legs kicking force.

Photo 5

I’d be leaning towards this one, but it’s not quite happy or sweet enough. And there are too few stars and giggles and rainbows for anyone to really think that this photo really says “Now that’s what Josh Hanagarne is all about.”

Photo 6

I can’t really remember what was going on this day, except I had decided to look down at the world through some clouds. There was a cameraman down there on stakeout; he snapped this before I could fly away.

So, that’s the first batch. I don’t know what to do.

Guide me. Steer me. Grant me your wisdom, O reader. I don’t want to blow the book deal by selecting the wrong photo.



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  • Chris B January 24, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Sorry, but why CAN’T you use that pic of your “formidable back musculature”? I’d go for that one fer sure.

  • Mathieu D January 24, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Photos 1 and 2 are the best. Both mean you should be taken seriously.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 24, 2012, 1:48 pm

      Okay, I’m putting the spandex turtleneck on the pig and we’ll call it good.

      • Mathieu D January 24, 2012, 2:00 pm

        That’s what they call post-prod work, I think. Photoshop FTW.

  • Heather January 24, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Back musculature. Barring that, Photo 1.

  • Todd January 25, 2012, 7:43 am

    #2 It says, “Don’t worry ma’am, I’m a Jedi.”

  • Cat Ransom January 26, 2012, 2:59 am

    Dear Josh,
    Have you portrait taken by a professional photographer who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Take some family portraits while you’re at it to loosen you up. Do it in the park or someplace that makes you happy (the library?). Then, LET YOUR WIFE DECIDE. Many readers look at the photo to help decide if they want to read the book. When you are famous (more than now) you will thank me. P.S. if you want to drive down to Arizona, I’ll take the photo for you. For free. I’m good. Bring the family!

  • Eric Hill January 27, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Too funny. I kept waiting for the “real” photo though. Get one up and I’ll be sure to tell you if it is too “goodkind-ish.”