On writing… bios

WIN_20160415_17_31_38_ProLast week, my bio was published on the Dreamspinner Press website (and how exciting is that?!) But as excited as I was to have my own corner of the publishing world, I had no idea what to say about myself when the time came. I was convinced I was boring and everyone had much more interesting lives than me. I went looking at other people’s bios and spiralled into a terror that I would never be able to write something about me that was remotely engaging. Here’s what I finally wrote:

Laura Bailo is a veterinarian and a teacher in training who can do surgical sutures but can’t sew on a button to save her life.

She lives in Spain with far too many books and boxes full of notebooks. She loves exploring the narrow streets of Pamplona and she’s known to have gotten lost in her own city. She loves reading, singing and trying out new cooking recipes, and if she’s feeling adventurous she may try to do all of these at the same time.

Now, all of that is true, but you wouldn’t believe how much time it took me to write those four sentences – yes, I counted them. And why? It probably comes down to this: I hate talking about myself. I’ve never been good at it, and it’s even gotten me into trouble with some of my friends. I never know what to say when people ask about me: should I tell them what I do? How much is too much? Are they asking because they really want to know? A lot of thoughts like these ones go round and round in my head whenever I fins myself in this situation – which is not often, thankfully.

But this is probably why I started writing and why I love it so much. I put something of myself in all my characters, it’s my way of putting myself out there, of opening a small window so the world can see a little bit of me. More importantly, so they can see a little bit of me I can control. I know once they leave my hands my characters are no longer mine, but I know how much of me they have in them, and that’s what’s important.

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