I wrote my first book when I was 6. It was 8 handwritten pages about two dogs and a cat, alongside some terrible drawings. I cast myself as one of the characters and, naturally, made that character the smartest. The cover was made from blue cardboard and the whole book had many typos.
It’s been a long road since. A lot of short stories, bad poems, scribbled notes…
My first novel – The Coincidence Makers – was published in Hebrew at the end of 2011. Moving from short stories to novels taught me a lot about what I could learn about myself after being immersed in writing for a long period.
The Coincidence Makers became an Israeli bestseller, and so did my next two books – The Guide to the Coming Days and The Unswitchable. I learn something from each one of my books, from each journey. But most importantly, I learned that each book has a life of its own. Like a child that leaves home—my books are both mine, and grow independently. Readers interpret them in new ways—teaching me about myself, and them. It’s such a delight.
I try to write books I like to read. An imaginary reader inside my mind sits on my shoulder and gives me notes during the process. I like writing about realistic worlds with a twist, about being human, about fate, free will, the way we define ourselves and the isolation and friendships that define us.
At the end of the day, I like to imagine. That’s the best part about what I do. Writing is just the result of trying to give life to my thoughts outside my head.
Yoav Blum is an international bestselling author and software developer. His first three books became instant Israeli bestsellers. The Coincidence Makers, his debut, will be translated into more than ten languages. He currently lives in Israel with his wife and daughter. When he is not writing (literature or code) he contemplates what he’ll do when he grows up.