Rachel Sherman’s Favorite Reality TV Personality Is…

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10/08/2009 4:00 AM |

Rachel Sherman is the author of The First Hurt, a collection of stories. Her novel Living Room will be released on the 20th of this month.

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…