Today is the day of I. To this point I’ve used this A-Z challenge to give you a hint of who I am. What I like and don’t like, how I spend my days (or weekends) and what my back yard looks like. (Yep. There’s a picture of my back yard in here somewhere!) However…
How much is too much?
I’m a writer, and am working hard at developing a career. So how much of the real me should I be putting into this website, and into my daily blogs? Should I let you know my politics? My religion? My education? Should I tell you all my deep dark secrets (which explains a fair bit about why I write what I write, to be honest.)?
Or should I be developing a persona (complete with backstory, written out in excruciating detail in one of my many scribblers) that hides the actual me, and then use it? I honestly don’t know.
How do the rest of you writers handle this? Especially those of you with more than one pen name. Are your personae different — or are your “writers” all the same person — you — with just a different name attached?
And what would the publishers rather see? The real writer, warts and all? Or something not quite real, that wouldn’t ruffle too many feathers and potentially sell more books?
At least one inquiring mind would really like to know.