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What sort of thing would you put in a bio? More to the point, what do they WANT you to put in a bio?

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I'd say ... where you live, level of education, and maybe a few things that are special about you or pertain to your writing. And any publishing credits you happen to have.

(They like special people. Makes it easier to advertise a story.)

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I just pulled four books from the shelf at random. Let us see...

Midnight Falcon, David Gemmell - in 1984 David A Gemmell's first novel, Legend, was published, and it has since become a classic. Gemmell's subsequent novels have included Lion of Macedon, Bloodstone and the continuing Drenai series. His most recent Bestsellers, BIG LIST OF TITLES, have all been published by Corgi and his new novel, Ravenheart, is now available from Bantam Press. A full-time novelist since 1986, he lives in East Sussex.

That, I belive, is the Writing Credits version.

Stray, Rachel Vincent - A native of the Dust Bowl, Rachel Vincent is the oldest of five siblings, and arguably the most outspoken of the bunch. She has to have the last word, and plays Devil's advocate for fun. Rachel despises spare time and doesn't believe in boredom, so when she's not writing or running from tornadoes, she's probably reading or perfecting her martial stances.

That, I believe, is the tell nothing but look like you're telling a lot version. She has 4 brothers or sisters, and performs a martial art.

Jingo, Terry Pratchett - TP is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he "doesn't want to get a life, because it feels as though he's trying to lead three already." He was appointed OBE in 1998. Jingo is the twenty-first novel in his phenomenally successful Discworld series.

You expected a comedy version from Pratchett, right. In other books, he mentions breeding cactuses and stuff.

Tales of the Dying Earth, Jack Vance - A long-time resident of California, Vance served in the Merchant Navy during World War II and published his first story in 1945. The Dying Earth, published in 1950, was his first book. His stories have won Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, and he has received both a Grand Master Nebula and a World fantasy Award for lifetime achievement.

Okay, that was the Recognition of Peers biography. Anyone have a Tolkien or Jordan book to hand, as the demonstrate the main other missing bio, the Qualification biography. (Tolkien was a linguist, and I think a professor at Oxford, and Jordan taught himself to read, and got a degree in something relevant).

The last, and least important of the biographies is that of occupation. Terry Goodkind was in the CIA (or something) and built his own house in the woods overlooking the sea.

So, we go through them... and you work out which one you have most in common with. Probably Rachel Vincent's.

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That's a great idea, Blitzen. Thanks for that list, I'm sure it'll help.

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Wow, thanks Blitz. That helps a lot! Yes, Rachel's is probably most relevant to me. emoticon

Is that "Stray" the one about a cat?

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Yeah, werecat. Haven't started reding it yet.

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