Maybe you can answer that question. Maybe you are grounded enough to know already and can confidently hold your head up and announce exactly who you are. But would that be right? Would it be interesting? Would it be honest? Should it be honest?
That's the trouble with any kind of personal statement - it's not a personal statement. It's not a paragraph written by you without censorship or purpose that conveys in several lines exactly who you are at the time of writing. If it was mine would just say - too hot, too hot, fetch water. Your personal statement as an author, or artist, or just person of hopeful interest has to be laced with an agenda and meaning and most importantly has to be fun to read.
So first off who am I? The age old question and really unless I'm on my hands and knees on top of a cliff I'm probably not asking it right. To be honest I haven't got a clue who I am. One minute I'll be a writer, the next I'll be a mum, when I'm in the car I'm a high speed getaway driver... how can you condense an entire person into one paragraph?
The other question - the one you don't need to be on your hands and knees for - is what do I want people to think I am? Obviously it goes without saying I want people to think I'm the greatest thriller writer of the 21st Century, but they'll figure that out when they read my books - come on afford me a little arrogance this is a rare self-indulgent post.
So I came up with several ideas all of them horrifically boring and then my book manager slapped me about the head about until I realised the point I was missing. Tell readers about you in your voice. After all as a writer your authorial voice is the only thing that really matters, and certainly is your best shot at conveying who you are in just a small piece of text.
Some hours later this is what I came up with. This is me.
L E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside. The Running Game, her latest book and the first instalment of her Reacher series, is due for re-release in October 2015 under the Booktrope label and L E Fitzpatrick is currently working hard on expanding this series.