Interview with Megan Abbott

An interview I conducted with Megan Abbott about Bury Me Deep earlier this summer was recently published in The Brooklyn Rail. Those in New York City can pick up copies, but it is also available online to read. For those that haven't read her book yet, it is without a doubt one of the best novels you'll read this year. I also reviewed the book here on Pulp Serenade when it was released a couple months back. Here's a brief excerpt from the interview:

Gallagher: Your first three books all take place in the 1950s, and your new one is in the 1930s, which is really the heyday of the crime fiction pulps. Is there no connection?

Abbott: I’m sure there is. This was not intentional, but it was probably the absence of certain kinds of women from those books that made me want to write those kinds of women in that time period. But I would say that’s the most direct connection. It was to write women into those books in a way that didn’t feel just like spider-women. There are two parts of my brain that I don’t want to meet. I don’t want to apply my analytical approach to my writing. I think my books would be terrible if I did that, and I have trouble even thinking about them after I’ve written them in an analytical way, even though everything else I read I think about in an analytical way. I try to keep the processes very distinct.

Read the full interview here at The Brooklyn Rail.


  1. You both rock, no matter what period!

  2. It is a very good interview: she's very sharp and you give her the right questions to be sharp about. Abbott's one of the best things to come along in years....

  3. Glad to see your priorities straight


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