For our readers who may not be familiar with your work, what’s the most accurate thing someone else has said about it?
I really like what Judy Budnitz said about The First Hurt. She said “Sherman writes stories like splinters: they get under your skin and stay with you long after you’ve closed the book. These haunting stories are both wonderfully, deeply weird and unsettlingly familiar.”
What have you read/watched/listened to/looked at/ate recently that will permanently change our readers’ lives for the better?
I watched an excellent documentary called Forbidden Lie$ about a literary hoax. I ate an amazing cake from Ladybird in Brooklyn.
Whose ghostwritten celebrity tell-all (or novel) would you sprint to the store to buy (along with a copy of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius so that the checkout clerk doesn’t look at you screwy)?
Bethenny Frankel (from The Real Housewives…). She is always alluding to a strange and difficult childhood.
Have you ever been a Starving Artist, and did it make you brilliant, or just hungry?
I’ve been a Starving Artist for a long time. I chock it all up to good fodder.
What would you characterize as an ideal interaction with a reader?
It is always satisfying when a reader is somehow touched by my work. If I can make someone feel something, I guess that would be ideal.
Have you ever written anything that you’d like to take back?
Of course! But I’m not going to mention those things…