Henry Baum


Henry Baum is the author of the novels The Golden Calf, God's Wife, North of Sunset, and The American Book of the Dead, and has published work in anthologies with Another Sky Press and 3 AM Magazine, as well as stories in Scarecrow, Identity Theory, Purple Prose, Storyglossia, and others. He lives in Los Angeles.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles. L.A. has influenced me hugely, as it's where I've set every novel I've written. Both my parents worked in Hollywood so my first two novels are about Hollywood. I went to high school with Jack Nicholson's kid, Cher's kid, and others, and I see Hollywood like an American religion, which is why the two novels after that have focused on religion itself.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first novel when I was 18. My father's a writer, and as an alienated adolescent the way to rebel was to turn my back on books and writing. When I left home for college, I realized it was something I loved doing, and came fairly easily. My first novel was terrible - a rip-off of Richard Yates' Easter Parade. My 3rd novel became the first novel I ever published - also kind of a rip-off of "Taxi Driver," but a better one.
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