They are not alone

National Post | Arts

A strange thing kept happening while Ned Vizzini was writing his most recent novel, House of Secrets. He’d spend the day working on his young-adult fantasy, about three siblings who move into a mysterious old mansion, and then go to bed. When he’d return to his computer in the morning he’d often discover that more of the book had been written while he’d been asleep.

It wasn’t magic, sleepwriting or a literary poltergeist. Before heading off to bed, Vizzini, who lives in Los Angeles, would e-mail the novel to his co-author, Chris Columbus — yes, that Chris Columbus — who was living in Italy at the time. While Vizzini slept, Columbus wrote; while Vizzini wrote, Columbus slept. “The sun never set on our empire,” he says. “The fact that I [could] work on two or three chapters and then send them to Chris, and then go and eat a…

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