At some point, whether you're writing short stories or novels, you're going to be asked for an author bio -- that quick little blurb that gives readers a glimpse into who you are. Since joining the wonderful folks at Operation Awesome, I've been reading and researching author bios in order to put together a little something to tell OA readers a little something about myself.
After discovering that many author bios follow a similar format, I took that format at turned it into an "Author Bio Mad Libs" for your amusement -- and who knows, maybe it can help you write your own author bio as well.
Before you read mine, try it out for yourself!
AUTHOR BIO MAD LIBS
Step 1: Jot down a word or phrase for each of the descriptions below
- Full name:
- Plural noun:
- Gerund (non-finite action verb, usually ending in -ing):
- College major:
- 2-3 random letters:
- Famous author:
Step 2: Scroll down and fill in your answers in the author bio below!
(your name) is a (genre) author who has written about everything from (noun) to (adjective) (plural noun) and has won a (award) for his/her nonfiction book, "The (occupation)'s Guide to (gerund)." S/He lives in (state) with his/her family and (number) (adjective) (animal)s. S/He is a (college major) graduate of (2-3 random letters) and has enjoyed (gerund) in (place), (gerund) (beverage), and playing (sport) with his/her close friend and mentor, (famous author). S/He aspires to someday be the first full-time author to (verb) on the moon.
In case you were wondering, here's mine (with some tweaks for accuracy):
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author who has written about everything from time travel to magical islands. She lives in Utah with her family and four imaginary puppies. She is an elementary ed graduate and enjoys taking photographs, drinking chai tea, and playing board games.
Post your Mad Libs Author Bio in the comments! How accurate is it?