First pages are impossible… so we’re hearing from authors about how they got they right.
In this episode, Marisa Crane discusses the first pages of their debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself. We talk about how the novel grew out of a great first line, how Marisa accomplished world building while also avoiding unnecessary explanations, and how they followed their obsessions to keep the story going.
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Marisa Crane’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Passages North, Joyland, The Offing, No Tokens, The Florida Review, TriQuarterly, Lit Hub, Catapult, F(r)iction, and elsewhere. An attendee of the Tin House Workshop and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and an American Short Fiction Merit Fellow, they currently live in San Diego with their wife and child. I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself is their first novel. It was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.