Author Headshots

Behold! I have headshots! Well, really, head-and-torso-shots.

Tell me in comments which one you like best, and why. Thanks!

All photos by Kyle Cassidy.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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47 Responses to Author Headshots

  1. Ella Drake says:

    So hard to choose! I really like them all! But I think, after really looking, that I like the 3rd one because it looks the most like you in person. To me, anyway.

  2. Anonymous says:

    1. "I'm secretly a serial killer. Ha ha!"
    2. "Aye, I'm an awesome sea captain!"
    3. "I'm a psychic. See, I can see the light!"
    4. "Adopt me. Go on, you know you want to."
    5. "You know I like you because I didn't kill you for interrupting my reading."

    I like 2, 4 and 5 the best. If I had to choose just one, I vote for 2.


  3. mroctober says:

    #3. You look wise and funny. So it's authentic.

  4. nnaloh says:

    The fourth one. -nalo

  5. Sewicked says:

    I'm torn between the 2nd & 3rd shot; the 2nd because I don't where you are, but it looks awesome & the 3rd because it has the best lighting & I can really see you.

  6. Cara Bristol says:

    I think any of these would be fine, although I like # 4 the best, mainly just because of process of elimination.

    #3 looks the most posed, #5 makes you look like a college professor, the lighting in #2 reminds me of a police mug shot and #1 is just okay.

  7. Jorrie Spencer says:

    These are good, and I like #3 the best. Though #2 is a close second.

  8. natlyn says:

    It depends on what you want it to say. I vote for either number 3 (which makes you look amused by some secret) or 5 (which makes you look bookish and approachable).

    But here's what I think the others say:

    Number 1 looks like you want to know how we found you and now that we have it won't go well for us.

    Number 2 indeed makes you look like a little Dutch boy.

    Number 4 makes you look ordinary–just an ordinary Jane who happened to write a few novels.

  9. Shani says:

    I still like #3 best!

  10. julieandrews says:

    I like 1 and 2. As much as I like seeing books in pictures.

  11. Victoria Janssen says:

    Nat wrote: Number 1 looks like you want to know how we found you and now that we have it won't go well for us.


  12. Tawny Taylor says:

    I like number four. It doesn't look overly posed or uptight. Just natural and relaxed.

  13. Rooster says:

    #4, definitely. Although #3 is adorably cute, #4 just looks very professional.

  14. Wendy says:

    I like the middle shots the best; numbers 2-4. That said? I think #3 is the winner for me.

  15. Inez Kelley says:

    #4 all the way

  16. Ellen says:

    I like one and four best– the warm colors in the background make you look vibrant and approachable.

  17. Ken Thomas says:

    If we were both in a bar, #5 is the one that would make me most interested in coming over to talk to you.

    Take that for what it's worth, I guess.

  18. sadangel says:

    I like 4 and 5 the best. Five I think the most.

  19. birdhousefrog says:

    The last one. It's part of who you are. You read a lot and then comment on what you read, as well as write. I think it's the best. #3 and #4 would be my other choices as more typical headshots and with more natural expressions.


  20. Crystal Jordan says:

    I like 2 and 4. You look cute and I like how the backgrounds frame you.

  21. Judy says:

    I think 1 and 2 are most interesting. The others remind me of authors' pics I've seen a lot. The background of 2 intrigues me but I think 1 has the most qualities, esp. great atmosphere and ambiguous facial expression. Alas, I don't know you or your work but in 1 it looks to me as if you are on a case of some sort and approaching it with gusto.

  22. Anonymous says:

    #3 is my first choice because you look amused and like yourself. Second choice in #5, which looks as if someone is interupting your reading, but you are too nice to yell. (maya_a from LJ)

  23. T says:

    #2, absolutely. There's mischief there, and that's delightful.

  24. addie says:

    i'm voting for #3 of course. that ring!

  25. Sockii says:

    3 for sure. Your expression is the most natural and the glancing to the side makes it more interesting, invites the viewer to wonder what you are looking at/thinking about. 1 and 2 seem to have that forced "ok I'll smile but I feel awkward about it" look that I often seem to suffer from myself in photographs.

  26. Lucienne says:

    I like the second and the last!


  27. Janet Mullany says:

    Given that I'm on some sort of crap Dell that distorts colors and I can't set the screen properly so everyone looks short and fat, I like 2 b/c it's quirky and humorous, and 5 b/c it's so rare and cool to see a writer actually reading–also, if anyone just wanted a mug shot of you they could crop it.
    But they're all good tho #3 looks like you're distracted in mid conversation with the viewer.

  28. Kristen Painter says:

    I'm sticking with #3. It's just so authorly while still being approachable. Perfection!

  29. Victoria Janssen says:

    I think I'm gonna need a spreadsheet.

  30. gwynnega says:

    I like #3 best!

  31. kateelliott says:

    I'm sorry. I think they're all really good. That's not very helpful, is it? If there is one you prefer in your heart (kind of like lust-in-your-heart only not), I would go with that one.

  32. Moira says:

    #3 is the most charming!

  33. kylecassidy says:

    you needed voting buttons!

  34. Victoria Janssen says:

    I think I am going to make a spreadsheet just for the fun of it, and end up using different photos depending on my mood and the occasion.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I look at the eyes.
    1. You look wary here to me. Not enjoying the photo shoot?
    2. You look mischievous, I like this one. Your face is also well lit.
    3. You are smiling with your eyes. Your face is again well lit. Also a good one.
    4. You look reserved in this picture. The eyes aren't smiling.
    5. You look relaxed, warm, welcoming, but the background is pretty dark. I'd be afraid with a bad photo reproduction you'd become a floating head and hand.

    I vote 2 or 3.

    Just a fan.

  36. Babette James says:

    My favorite was 3. :)

  37. curiosity says:

    I vote 5, 3, and 4 – in that order. :D

  38. nifwitch says:

    THREE. You look like you are thinking of something interesting. You look like you.

  39. damejudy says:

    43 votes for no. 2. Great combination of semi-naughty almost-smile: haha, I know something you don't know…and, if the viewer has a warped mind (that would be me and my 42 other personalities), a delightful blend of naughty with a hint of sinister…but then, I we seem to be in the minority–but we wants it anyway, my precious.

  40. auroramama says:

    They all have something, but I love 2, because it reminds me of someone shyly singing a dirty song. You were and are the cutest thing ever.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with these comments:
    1. "I'm secretly a serial killer. Ha ha!"
    2. "Aye, I'm an awesome sea captain!"
    5. "You know I like you because I didn't kill you for interrupting my reading."

    That said, in #4 the background is distracting.

    #3 looks most like you.

  42. Karalynn Lee says:

    A late vote for #3, because of the background color (too virulently orange in #1 and #4 for my taste), and the most natural smile. That said, these are all good photos, and I could definitely see them being used for different purposes, especially for separate genres.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I love the last!


  44. Kate Pearce says:

    #3 and also #4
    Lovely :)

  45. Victoria Janssen says:


  46. Anonymous says:

    #3 does have the most natural smile on your face, so I will probably go with the majority and vote for it.
    #2 is fun–I like the cap and iron work, but you are a bit stiff
    #5 is also pretty natural looking, but really dark.

    #1 you look surprised to me and not in a good way.
    #4 looks stiff like you are a muppet (hand up your butt about to move your mouth)


  47. Victoria Janssen says:

    ROFLing at the muppet because you are SO RIGHT.

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