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Joy V. Smith

Thanks for the helpful info. I enjoy reading funny bios, and I think people need to know the name of my dog, Blizzard!


The best author bios I have read are from Obert Skye, author of the middle grade fiction series Leven Thumps and Pillage. He changes his bio with every book. Here's a sample.

"Obert Skye was born a number of years ago in a town just about the size of the one you are living in. Those who know him are shocked that Fate has picked him of all people to tell the tale of Foo. He is, after all, incredibly uneasy around people and has never desired the spotlight. Obert was last seen, pencil in hand, standing above the mismatched intersection of Twelfth and Pine Streets. If found, please contact us at LevenThumps.com"

As a children's writer he can be a bit whimsical with his bio. His bio is the reason I read the first Leven Thumps book, not the summary.

Dana Lynn Smith

What a fun bio! Thanks for sharing, Katherine.

P.I. Barrington

I try to add a little humor too but could probably use more (not that much, lol!)but it never occurred to me to put in little "relatable" bits like being addicted to Coke AND coffee!
Thanks for these tips Roni!! And Dana!

Sophie Playle

I would agree with all of these, apart from #2 A Touch of Humour.

I used to think humour was always a good thing in a bio, but after talking to several authors, poets, agents and publishers, they all say that it's not a good idea. Humour is very subjective, and it's too easy to get it wrong. I would say the quirky/interesting thing about you is a better thing to include (which can have a touch of humour about it) - but be cautious when it comes to humour. Unless you are a comedic writer, I would suggest it's best to stay clear of it, or use a very very light touch.

Dana Lynn Smith

Interesting point, Sophie, thank you.


This is a great post. All too often author bios take themselves too seriously. We all know that they wrote it!!! So even if it's in the third person (as if someone else is describing them) a bit of humor and something relatable goes along way. Same for about pages on blogs and websites.


Thanks so much for writing this. I find writing my author bio very difficult. I really appreciate these practical tips.

Evelyn K. Lemar

Great tips! I always felt that my bio didn't really give a sense of my true self, but thought that my first book wasn't the time to show off my preferably outgoing, humurous side. I think I'll upgade my bio on my second edition printing to perfect it for the upcoming novel. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Gary McLaren

Roni thanks for these excellent ideas on writing a bio. Now I see I need to rethink mine too. And Dana thanks for a great blog for authors. Happy writing!

Dana Lynn Smith

Thanks Gary - I'm so glad you enjoyed this post and the rest of the blog. Good luck with your books!

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Thanks. It's interesting, isn't it, that the writing of the author bio, a synopsis and a blurb for the cover is often more difficult than writing the novel itself!

Deborah H Bateman

Thanks for including this link in your post. I thought it was very interesting to see what all we as author's should think about including in our bio.

Dana Lynn Smith

Thanks Deborah. This has been one of our post popular guest posts.


Bio is getting more and more important and you should make sure it sells you and brings out your personal brand.

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