AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Sloane Crosley
We recently reviewed How Did You Get This Number, a collection of essays by American journalist Sloane Crosley. Sloane recently featured in The Guardian, which announced that HBO are interested in creating a TV series about her. Impressive, yes? We were lucky enough to ask Sloane about her new book...
Please describe your book in 15 words or fewer.
A series of darkly funny essays about modern life that include circus mimes and ghosts.
What inspired you to write How Did You Get This Number?
The whole idea of writing a narrative nonfiction essay is to put the hindrance of the page in front of you and still try to get as close as possible to what you want to say. I am happy with these essays because they are, in my estimation, closer to whatever humorously melancholy nuggets I want to get on paper.
Where do you do most of your writing?
On my floor in my apartment in Manhattan. Also: on deadline.
What is your favourite book?
That's tough. If there was some way to make The Secret Garden, White Noise and Dubliners have a love child...
Which part of How Did You Get This Number was the most fun to write?
There's a riff on malodorous taxicabs I'm partial to. But the most enjoyable while also being a bit deeper and more rewarding? Probably a tie between an essay called Light Pollution about the strange and mysterious land of Alaska and the final essay about heartbreak and furniture theft. It's called Off The Back of a Truck.
Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published authors?
Read everything you can. And don't be afraid to get started even if you're not quite sure what you're doing.
What are you currently reading?
The new Jonathan Franzen novel, Freedom, out in a few months.
Are you working on anything else at the moment, and if so can you tell us?
Besides getting some sleep? A novel and more essays...