Sloane Crosley is a journalist, essayist and now, thanks to her bright and funny debut The Clasp, a novelist. ----more----Sloane took a break from her home city New York to visit London and talk about the challenge of shifting gears from non-fiction to fiction. We began however with her own career as an interviewer, when she recalled a nightmare encounter with The Strokes' Julian Casablancas.
From there, we moved to:
the difference between Crosley the essays and Crosley the novelist
her first (and diabolical) unpublished novel: 'Nothing really happens'
the importance of plot: 'I knew I didn't want a navel-gazing novel'
what kind of book did Crosley want to write?
'I am a relatively rare bird in that I am a social writer'
how vineyards and egg-timers helped Crosley finish The Clasp
the importance of editing
The Clasp: a summary
Guy de Maupassant
Maupassant's 'The Necklace' and the importance of short stories