Friday, May 02, 2008

Megan Abbott: Woman of Many Talents

Congratulations to Megan Abbott for winning an Edgar for her novel, Queenpin. I've found her writing to be a wonderful noir mix of the styles of two James: Cain and Ellroy.

But after listening to her interview on Clute and Edwards' Behind the Black Mask: Mystery Writers Revealed, I learned that she's written more than just fiction.

For instance, would you have caulked up co-authorship of a report entitled, "The Shipbuilding and Force Structure Analysis Tool" or "An Analysis of Sabbatical Leaves for Navy Surface Warfare Officers" to her? If not, you'd be wrong.

Those two reports and more were written during a stint at the Rand Corporation. One can only wonder if she spiced them up with lines like:
You have to decide who you are, little girl, she told me once. Once you know that, everyone else will, too.
as she did in Queenpin.


At 2:46 PM, Blogger pattinase (abbott) said...

This is the best laugh I've had in weeks. A job is a job when you're trying to write noir on the weekend.


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