Questions for the Author Bio

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Boilerplate Questions for an Author Bio

1. Tell us your name and where you were born and raised.

2. What was it like growing up there? What has shaped your life, and what do you think were your influences?

-talk about parents, teachers, other influences, etc.; if you have a philosophy you developed say how you came to adopt it

3. How have you come to be an expert in [the subject of the book]?

4. Why is this subject important to you? What got you interested in it? What is compelling to you about [the subject]?

- Can begin with a formative occurrence:

– ex. "I've loved poetry for as long as I can remember. As a child, my mother used to read me poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, which are so wonderful and evocative at conveying the transformative power of poetry!"

- “Oh that's easy. I've always loved how poetry transports you! So important to spiritual/psychological healing and keeping oneself in balance . . ."

- continue the journey—“when I got to college, I found . . ."

5. Tell us some stories about some disappointments or challenges you’ve faced.

- Should include how choices lead ultimately to a “good place” where the author is now.

6. If there were one central point or you could tell the world one thing that people should do, what would that be? (Alternate way of phrasing: What is the one thing you hope your audiences will “take away” from reading your book.)

- Advocate from your core. Ex. “If there was one thing I would tell people, it would be to share stories with their children. There is no greater joy or mission than that. These children will grow up to be the most effective citizens and leaders and will help to change the world for the better.”

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