I’ve had some frustrations before when trying to figure out my author photo. I have also received some (unrelated) threats in the past, so I’m hesitant to use my real face. I actually have a visible facial port wine stain birthmark, so my face tends to be very recognizable. Someone recently made a cartoon version for me:
(Image credit to August Collucci)
I haven’t settled on where all I’ll put this image. I intend to try it out in a couple of places and see how I feel about it. My pleasant pile of books I’ve published will also remain around as a photo I use.
(As a side note, my website’s twitter plug-in seems to be broken. I guess I’ll try to fix that, but I don’t have high hopes for Twitter’s (X’s) future.)