The problem is not with the author's personality (or appearance), it's with the readers and critics who pay too much attention to it. Focusing on a writer for not "humping his ego" has the same effect as focusing on writers who are outspoken, or attractive; they're two sides of the same coin. What matters is the book, and the book has to stand on its own merit.
From dduane: Wonder Woman, with Kittens! D'Awwwwww! ^.^