Sunday Times Books LIVE Community Sign up

Login to Sunday Times Books LIVE

Forgotten password?

Forgotten your password?

Enter your username or email address and we'll send you reset instructions

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Penguin SA

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

Louis Greenberg and Sarah Lotz Reveal the Private Emails of SL Grey

The MallSL Grey was formed from the combined literary efforts of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg, who wrote their consumerism-inspired horror novel, The Mall, entirely by email. Since Greenberg and Lotz are frequently asked how their “hive-mind collaboration” works, they published a sample of their private email correspondence on Joan de la Haye’s blog, revealing the ins-and-outs of the story-writing process:

We’re always being asked about how our hive-mind collaboration works. For example, do we lock ourselves in a sealed room so that we can keep an eye on each other and make sure the other one isn’t playing Spider Solitaire or trawling for internet porn instead of writing? As we live in different cities (Louis in Joburg, Sarah in Cape Town) this would have been tricksy and with the air fares alone, prohibitively expensive (although, like most writers, we’re capable of being champion procrastinators wherever we happen to be).

The Mall was written entirely by email, and we’ve kept most of our correspondence (not for egotistical reasons, but because Sarah is far too lazy to clear out her gmail inbox).

Below is a snapshot of how we worked together, a series of emails sparked off by a picture of a Rat King on BoingBoing (, as well as musings on what we were actually supposed to be doing.

Book details


Please register or log in to comment