With the exception of Shannon Stacey, writers are very hot to put up FAQ pages about themselves. So are publishers. I'm FAQ-challenged, I guess. Or maybe it's because I can answer most questions with two basic responses: Just shut up and write or Wear some bunny slippers.
There's also that deja vu feeling I get when I read some FAQ pages; I flash back to reading all those job resumes from people who weren't qualified for a position I'd advertised. Or finding a Wikipedia bio that goes on and on and on for an author who only has two books in print; beautifully worded but complete B.S.
No one ever lists the real FAQs authors receive, like from:
Reviewers: Will you send me an ARC?
eBay Seller-Reviewers: I'm a huge fan -- will you send me a signed ARC?
Nonwriters: I have a great idea for a book -- will you write it for me, and let me publish it under my name, and I'll give you half of the royalties?
Yet to be Published Writers: Would you recommend me to your editor/agent?
Yet to be Published Paranoid Writers: Did you tell your editor/agent to reject me because you hate me?
Yet to be Published Egotistical Writers: Did you tell your editor/agent to reject me because you're jealous of me?
Colleagues: Can I get a quote from you? (always tagged with: My editor needs it next week so you don't have to actually read my manuscript.)
Single Colleague at Con: Will you have a drink with me?
Single Alcoholic Colleague at Con: Ayyyyy, buy me a widdle drink, shweetie?
Married Colleague at a Con: Pssstt! Would you stop by my room after 4 a.m., and use the stairs instead of the elevator?
New colleague: Did you know I read your books in middle school? (or) Wow, do you know you look SO much older in person?
Parent: When are you going to get a job?
Spouse: When are you going to get a REAL job?
Rookie Agent: Are you happy with how badly you're being represented?
Your New Editor: Can you come to my sixteenth birthday party?
If you're going to create an FAQ page and lie your ass off in the process, at least make the questions more entertaining, i.e.:
Weren't you the one who really broke up Brad and Jen?
Is it true that J.K. Rowling calls you when she hits a plot snarl?
Why did you turn down that huge recording contract with Def Jam?
How did you make your first billion?
Your turn: As a writer, what question are you most frequently asked? Be honest.