Twitter Media Manager’s Debut Novel Was Inspired by a Tweet

Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

In a Q&A with the New York Times, former Twitter media manager Robin Sloan confirms the online short story (turned novel) he wrote at the time was sparked in the 140-character universe. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel tells the fictional story of an unemployed Web designer who takes a job at the titular establishment:

“I was walking down California Street in San Francisco, scrolling through Twitter on my phone, when I saw that a friend of mine had just tweeted: “Just misread a sign for a 24-hour book drop for 24-hour bookshop. My disappointment is beyond words.” It just made me smile. I wrote it down, thought about it for a few months, and it eventually became the story of the 24-hour bookstore.”

Sloan has racked up some impressive reviews for his October 2 tome. Newsweek called it “irresistible,” while only one of the 30 Amazon reader reviews posted at press time is a complete thumbs down.

In addition to Twitter, Sloan also previously worked for Current TV and Poynter. The print edition of his novel has a hilarious, unique feature. To find out what that is, scroll down to the bottom of the NYT Q&A.

[Jacket cover courtesy Farrar, Straus and Giroux]

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.