Amy Grace Loyd’s first novel, The Affairs of Others, may have just hit bookstores a few months ago, but Loyd is certainly not a “newbie” when it comes to great writing. Her résumé includes stints at W.W. Norton, The New Yorker,The New York Review of Books, Playboy Magazine, and, most recently, Byliner, where she has edited renowned authors such as Margaret Atwood, James Ellroy, Chuck Palahniuk, and Nick Hornby. Based on the acclaim her novel has already received, I don’t think it will be long before “Amy Grace Loyd” is mentioned in the same breath as the celebrated writers she’s been editing all these years.
The Affairs of Others tells the story of Celia Cassill, a recently-widowed woman who owns an apartment building in Brooklyn. Celia has selected her tenants carefully, trusting none of them will invade her privacy, or her grief, but her judiciously constructed barriers do not remain intact for long. Eventually, Celia is drawn into the messy (and oftentimes disturbing) lives of her neighbors, culminating in a conclusion that will leave the reader both surprised, and delighted.
Amy and I caught up over e-mail to discuss her new book, her career as an editor, the state of publishing in a digital era, and the different hats one must wear when juggling the tasks of both writing and editing. Read the interview over at The Rumpus, up now!