Biography Progress Report #21: Shooting for the Perfect Author Photo

Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 130


I am wrapping up the approval of copyedits which has included re-looking up over 30 articles on microfilm to verify bylines and headlines. Last night I was pulling my hair out trying to find two articles that I had cited incorrectly. I finally found them and am just about ready to send off the approvals. Now, I need to wait for the galleys, and when they arrive I will engage in the fun and exciting task of compiling an index.

While I was waiting for the corrections, I enlisted the aid of my friend Heidi Ryder who happens to be a fantastic photographer. She agreed to take some author photos, one of which will be used on the dust jacket of the book. We did some with and without glasses, smiling or not smiling, and I thought the above image was the winner.


Heidi has also been toying with starting a blog about collectors, and since I already had fake eyelashes on, I agreed to be her guinea pig. It was her idea to suspend photos of Ann from the ceiling, which as you can imagine, was a royal pain and they kept falling down. It was also Heidi’s idea to have me posed with my photos like a teenager with her record collection.


Considering I hate having my photo taken these days, I am happy with how they turned out. It helps to know talented people.


  1. artman2112 May 10, 2013

    they’re all winners! you’re quite lovely indeed! 😀

  2. admin May 10, 2013

    Aw, golly. Thanks!

  3. Mike May 10, 2013

    Great idea for the pix surrounded by the young Ann!

  4. DickP May 11, 2013

    Sorry, Christina..If you’re going to use these pics for publicity I would suggest Photoshoping out the overbearing “Star Wars” logos! This is suppose to be about you and the book; not an advertisement for a movie far removed from anything Ann did.

    And, YES! Artman is correct in his praise. In the past you’ve mentioned that many people have mistaken you for the ever exciting Betty Page; these pics certainly add to that image…. Awesome……

  5. admin May 11, 2013

    That was all the photographer’s idea, so I can’t take any credit!

  6. admin May 11, 2013

    I figured the publisher will probably crop it off for the dust jacket (and it will be a tiny photo). Plus, I desperately wanted to be Princess Leia has a child (and kind of still do) so it’s still a reflection of me. I do wonder if Ann went and saw Star Wars in Hawaii…

  7. artman2112 May 11, 2013

    to me, the Star Wars shirt only adds to your awesomeness 😉

  8. admin May 11, 2013

    The Force in strong in this one. 😀

  9. artman2112 May 11, 2013

    i can just picture you at some weak-minded dealers table at a flea market or collectors show and the guy wants $45 for an obscure Ann D still and you just wave your hand and calmly say “$5 will do fine”

  10. admin May 12, 2013

    Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t work!

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