Name: David Lenton
Location: Sydney, Australia
Favorite Novels: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
Favorite Authors: Terry Pratchett, Robin Hobbs, David Eddings, Kate Forsythe, Robert Jordan (Sorry, horror – I’ve been a fantasy geek since day dot)
Favorite Quote: “I know I’m an acquired taste – I’m anchovies. And not everybody wants those hairy little things.” – Tori Amos
Associated Links: Fright 365: https://365fright.wordpress.com/
Full Bio: So.
I actually hate writing my own bios, because there’s always the question of what (not) to include.
I mean, do I mention that I studied at University for forever? That I did quite well in a bunch of subjects that most definitely enriched my mind, but have mostly failed to do the same for my bank account?
Do I focus on the fact that I’ve done a lot of writing over the years, both personally and professionally? If so, do I mention that the former has never been published, while the latter has rarely actually had my own name on it? Or, do I aim instead for a more oblique statement, like, “Writing has played an important role in many aspects of my life”?
Do I state that I’m an aspiring editor with plans to delete ‘aspiring’ in the near future, so any writers out there should definitely get in contact with me right now – or is that just a little too tacky?
Do I go for the too-honest angle, and just say that I’m a 30+ year old gay guy living in Sydney who spends way too much time on the internet, and is slightly amused by the idea that if he ever runs for political office again (yes, again), someone might actually find this bio?
Or, do I just say that I guess I’m anchovies, and maybe people shouldn’t let me write my own bios, because it’s actually a bit of a miracle that there aren’t a lot of swear words in this*?
This? This is why I hate writing my own bios.
* Mostly because of my mad editing skills**
* A.K.A. ‘my tendency to write and delete several variations of something before finally deciding that I need to stop doing that if I ever intend on actually finishing anything’