Crosley (b. Aug 1978) is a publicist at Vintage/Anchor, a division of Random House. She lives in Manhattan and has "a boy who is my friend." Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer and Salon. Crosley is the author of the essay collection I Was Told There'd Be Cake (2008), as well as How Did You Get This Number (2011).
This biography was last updated on 08/18/2011.
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How did this book come to be?
While I was moving in Manhattan, I managed to brilliantly lock myself out of two separate apartments two, count them, two on the same day. Since moving from walk-up to walk-up in New York is already one of those infamously difficult tasks that really shouldnt be difficult, I thought that having the same epic struggle within a 12-hour period was a good story. So I typed up what was essentially a play-by-play about the experience and sent it to some friends over e-mail, including an editor at The Village Voice. He worked with me on editing it, cleaning it up, and making it a larger story. And I found that I loved doing it and it worked. So he printed the piece and I started writing regularly for The Voice, followed by other places. Before that, I had only written longer fiction and suddenly I found myself enamored with the other side. Writing the essays specifically for I Was Told There'd Be Cake was such a wonderfully fun experience. With a book, you have the room take yourself out for a spin. You can let each essay take its own shape and to really tell a story over time. Whereas writing 800 words for a newspaper or magazine can be a bit like speed dating.
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