Born in New York City, Ilan Herman now lives in Los Angeles and works as a freelance writer/editor and music producer.
Describe Your Desk:
Desktop with 27-inch screen and a pic of my daughter and me. I keep my desk very orderly, possibly to the point of OCD.
What's the Story behind your latest book?
My latest novel, Marbles, is a coming-of-age story about Eric, who plays a mean game of marbles but also needs to learn the ways of the world.
What is the greatest Joy of Writing for you?
Reading the words on a page—once obscure thoughts, now etched in sentences.
What are you working on next?
I’m enjoying the short-short format lately—3-4 page, 1000 word vignettes.
What is your writing process?
Nothing in particular. Once I have an idea, I grab hold and, like a pit bull, don’t let go until I slay the story.
Who are your favorite Authors?
The usual suspects, from Chekhov to Marquez, Gogol and Melville to Roth and Updike.
What do you read for pleasure?
Classic fiction and political analysis.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in NYC. Not sure how that influenced me, but no more or less than how environment influences all writers.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve been writing, both stories and songs, since I was 14.
Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
Sorry, I don’t, though I loved Jules Verne.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Some days very little, other days the need to keep the lights on, and the occasional days when the universe makes sense.