Yoav Avni was born in Israel in November, 1969.
His first book, a collection of short stories entitled "Those Strange Americans" was published in 1995 by Tamuz Publishing House. Stories from that book where published in American magazines as Zeek, And Words Without Borders.
His first novel, "Three Things for a Desert Island" (Shlosha Devarim le’iy Boded) was published in 2006 by Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan Publishing House. The novel describes the journey of an Israeli high-tech salesman to a fictional island located in the Indian Ocean. “Three Things for a Desert Island” became a bestseller in Israel and is considered a cult book among students and backpackers. The book was nominated for the 2006 Israeli Geffen Award.
Avni’s second novel “To Be” (Ha-chamishit shel Chong Levi) was published by Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan in 2009. "To Be" is a speculative novel whose action takes place in the summer of 2017 in Israel. The book won the Israeli 2010 Geffen Award.
His third novel "What if" (Herzl Amar) was published by Kinneret-Zmora-Bitan in November 2011. "What if" is a alternative history novel with the basis assumption that the Uganda Plan was accepted andIsrael was founded in East Afirca. The book won the Israeli 2012 Geffen Award.
Avni’s writing is influenced by authors like Tom Robbins, Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut. He holds a BA in Economics & Management from Tel-Aviv University (1996), and an MA in Communications from Clark University (1997). From 1998 to 2004 he worked in the Israeli high-tech industry in various management positions.
He lives in Tel-Aviv and father to a sweet daughter.