About Nellie Hermann
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Favorite job
A. The one I have now - writing teacher for medical students at Columbia med school
Q. High school and/or college
A. Milton Academy, Brown University
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. David Byrne
Q. Favorite movie
A. Tough one. Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" is up there.
Q. Favorite television show
A. Six Feet Under. I also love Felicity.
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. avoid mottos and maxims...
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Australia, cabin in the woods
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Don't know about identifying, but I admire Abe Lincoln
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My mom. But David Byrne and Barack Obama are pretty cool too
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Curly hair
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. surgeon (in a world where surgeons don't work or train like they do now). Or farmer.
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. Bernard Malamud Marilynne Robinson Andre Dubus (the father) Lawrence Weschler Aleksandar Hemon John Williams many more
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. John Williams, Stoner Bernard Malamud, The Fixer Marilynne Robinson, Home Kenzaburo Oe, A Personal Matter Jean Stafford, The Mountain Lion too hard to choose just five!
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Watership Down was great to re-read, as was East of Eden
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Keep Doing It. There are so many reasons to write that are beyond publication. Look to those and you'll find more stories.