I like watching the makeover shows, like How Do I Look? and What Not to Wear. When you get to be my age, you wonder if you could've looked better if only you had known what colors to wear, what styles, and how to wear your hair. Last night I saw this How Do I Look? episode where this woman who had gone through rehab, lost her son, and now wanted him back since she had a job and was on track now, but her "look" was holding her back in both job and convincing the judge. That is pretty profound in seeing that yes, we should judge based on a person's heart and actions, but as a society people DO judge you by how you present yourself.
Colleen Coble over at Girls Write Out is looking for a new hairstyle. Her publisher, Thomas Nelson, thinks it's time for a new photo and new look to go along with her scary suspense novels. She's getting rid of her long hair (ahhh.) Colleen is a super friendly and warm person, but I do agree she needs to have some photos where what she writes is reflected in her appearance on books and her web site. I can even imagine what kind of photo would be good. Maybe a serious look as she overlooks the water in Michigan, or a semi-smile as she sits on the beach in Hawaii. Or wherever else her next book is set, because the setting in Colleen's books is always important, so her photos need a presence of her setting.
Anyway, she's been looking for a hairstyle. I went through that a while back and finally got a good haircut that my husband really liked, too. Well, I had to go to a young hairstylist after I got my initial style, who just wasn't "getting" this style, and I don't look anything like I did when this photo was taken:
I need to look for a new stylist and unfortunately, this is a tough process. I will probably drag this photo with me to explain to the stylist. Also, I realized that I probably am a "spring" in coloring, and my hair may be a bit too platinum blonde for my coloring, so I went to the place Colleen did to try on hairstyles and colors. I finally narrowed it down to two colors: Light Titian (which is a brownish red/copper color) and lightest copper blonde. These colors really look like my old photos before age and hair coloring took over.
See if you like any of these styles, and/or colors. Also, looking at this person, what kind of a novel would you expect from her? Remember these issues: I'm 50 (this photo I'm using was taken last fall,) I like to get up and "go" and not spend hours on my hair, and I prefer casual, western or sporty looks.
5. Go back to this look:
And what genre does this gal write? (the photo you chose) Remember that if needed, I could have a serious facial expression(grin.)
1. romantic comedy
2. women's fiction
3. romantic historical
4. romantic suspense
5. cozy mystery
By the way I have manuscripts and plots for all of the above. (ha)
If you leave a comment, I'll put your name in for a drawing of the book, Chill Out, Josey! by Susan May Warren. Leave a contact email or be sure I have your email if you win. Susan has written all of the above genres, I think, except maybe cozy mystery.
P.S. I forgot to show you the other color...lightest copper blonde. Really, it's pretty close to the Light Titian, but just to give you a comparison. The copper blonde is just a bit darker.
1. Light Titian
2. Lightest Copper Blonde