Have you ever been put off an author’s books after reading a biography of them? Or the reverse - a biography has made you love an author more?
Most of the time, learning more about an author is a good thing for me. I love getting to know more about the people who wrote books that I've read and loved. I feel more connected to the book if I know who wrote it and where it's coming from. I read a lot of author blogs because of that. I just get more into what I read the more I know and care about it.
On the other hand, there have been times where I've vowed never to read a book after learning about the author. Maybe not their biography in particular but their behavior or their reaction to negative reviews or how they've responded to me via email. I emailed an author once and she was completely horrible, in my opinion. Just rude and cynical. Like she didn't deem me worthy of her time. I never read her book.
So for me, an author's image needs to be positive in order for me to read their book. I don't enjoy reading books written by rude or negative people. It's not my kind of thing. I want the whole package to be good; book and author together.