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Megan Abbott - THE TURNOUT - Episode 43

Salt Lake Dirt

I was very excited to have author Megan Abbott on the podcast - even a bit nervous because I loved this latest book of hers so much. I am new to her work but now I am thrilled to go back and read all of her past novels. Her latest,The Turnout kind of blew my mind. It is definitely one of my top picks for 2021. Thanks for listening! Synopsis: "Ballet flows through their veins. Dara and Marie Durant were dancers since birth, with their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, homeschooled and trained by their mother. Decades later the Durant School of Dance is theirs. The two sisters, together with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prize student, inherited the school after their parents died in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago. Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, back broken after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around  each other, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just  at the onset of the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker,  a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration, an interloper arrives and threatens the delicate balance of everything they’ve worked for. Taut and unnerving, The Turnout is Megan Abbott a  the height of her game. With uncanny insight and hypnotic writing, it is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity  and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible." (MeganAbbott.com) Purchase THE TURNOUT IG: @melizaabbott Twitter: @meganeabbott FB: @MeganAbbottBooks

39mins

12 Sep 2021

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Finding Your Plot Engine - Megan Abbott

The Shit No One Tells You About Writing

In today's Books with Hooks segment, Carly and CeCe discuss focusing on trauma and conflict rather than the perfect life that came before; not taking up too much space for a set up in a query letter; starting with the inciting incident; the problem with objectivity in omniscient POV; how curiosity comes from active emotion; writing well on a line level; pitching plot rather than feelings; and the golden rule of dialogue. After which, Bianca chats with  Megan Abbott, author of The Turnout, about the themes writers return to; the research that goes into a novel; how you don’t need to just write what you know, but what you’re curious about; the struggle to write authentic movement and gestures as your characters make their way through the world; making the reader do the heavy-lifting; and writing an unreliable narrator.

1hr 18mins

26 Aug 2021

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Episode 117: Megan Abbott

The Maris Review

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of ten novels, including Give Me Your Hand, You Will Know Me, The Fever, Dare Me, and The End of Everything. She is the co-creator and executive producer of USA's adaptation of Dare Me and was a staff writer on HBO's David Simon show The Deuce. Her latest novel is called The Turnout. This episode is brought to you by the House of CHANEL, creator of the iconic J12 sports watch. Always in motion, the J12 travels through time without ever losing its identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

19 Aug 2021

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Ep. 90: Megan Abbott (Author of The Turnout)

Sarah's Bookshelves Live

In Episode 90, Megan Abbott (author of The Turnout) shares how she chooses the worlds she writes about, the expectations of women in sports, and how she researches the worlds she writes about. This post contains affiliate links, through which I make a small commission when you make a purchase (at no cost to you!). Highlights Where Megan got the inspiration for this story. Whether Megan feels The Turnout is her darkest book yet. How she turns off the “dark” part of her brain outside of writing. Megan’s interest in family dynamics and family entanglements. How Megan first started writing about female athletic worlds with a dark side. The pressure on young women to be perfect without seeming to exert any effort (i.e. “effortless perfection”). Whether she’d consider writing a book about figure skating. Sarah starts suggesting different sports Megan should write about next. The two old gymnastics memoirs that were big influences for Megan’s writing. Unhealthy parent / child sports relationships. How Megan researches the worlds she writes about. Megan’s trajectory towards writing more and more about adults. How Megan feels about writing for TV vs. writing books. We discuss publishers giving away too much in blurbs (especially for thrillers). Megan’s Book Recommendations [29:34] Two OLD Books She Loves In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Bookshop.org [30:01] Passingby Nella Larsen | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Bookshop.org [32:30] Two NEW Books She Loves Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light: Essays by Helen Ellis | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Bookshop.org [34:47] Dream Girlby Laura Lippman | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Bookshop.org [36:07] One Book She DIDN’T LOVE Middlemarch by George Eliot | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Bookshop.org [43:17] One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About The Collective by Alison Gaylin (November 2, 2021) | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Bookshop.org [42:13] Last 5 Star Book(s) Megan Read [44:15] Luster by Raven Leilani | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Bookshop.org [44:15] Other Books Mentioned Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews [9:31] Little Girls in Pretty Boxes by Joan Ryan [17:14] Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland [20:34] The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett [34:12] Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis [35:45] Misery by Stephen King[36:34] Sunburn by Laura Lippman [37:46] Dracula by Bram Stoker [39:49] About Megan Instagram Megan Abbott is the Edgar-winning author of the novels The Turnout, Give Me Your Hand, You Will Know Me, The Fever, Dare Me, The End of Everything, Bury Me Deep, Queenpin, The Song Is You and Die a Little. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The Believer. Her stories have appeared in multiple collections, including the Best American Mystery Stories of 2014 and 2016. Her work has won or been nominated for the CWA Steel Dagger, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and five Edgar awards. Formerly a staff writer on HBO’s David Simon show, The Deuce, she is now co-creator, executive producer and show-runner of Dare Me, based upon her novel, for the USA Network and, internationally, Netflix. Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. She has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. In 2013-14, she served as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at Ole Miss. She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, and the editor of A Hell of a Woman, an anthology of female crime fiction. She has been nominated for many awards, including three Edgar Awards, Hammett Prize, the Shirley Jackson Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Folio Prize.

48mins

4 Aug 2021

Most Popular

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Ep. 30 Functional Training with Megan Abbott

Beauty, Brains, & Barbells

Welcome to the Beauty, Brains, & Barbells Podcast! In today's episode we sit down with Megan Abbott, fitness and nutrition coach, to talk about how she helps individuals work through chronic pain.  Megan comes from an experienced background as well as learning from her personal journey.  Take a listen to this episode to find out how Megan uses functional training and nutrition to help others live their highest quality life! Find out more about Megan here:  Facebook: Megan AbbottPlease do us a huge favor and share, like, and tag us if you loved what you heard today! BBB Show - @beauty_brains_barbells_podcastJordan - @jordan_cpcoach Gretchen - @gretchenjoy

56mins

8 Jul 2021

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Watch With Jen - S2: E1 - Underrated Scorsese with Megan Abbott

Watch With Jen

Anthony, Edgar, Barry, and International Thriller Writers award-winner Megan Abbott is one of my favorite writers working today. Not only the prolific author of acclaimed short stories and novels, including Queenpin, You Will Know Me, and Give Me Your Hand, she has also written White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction & Film Noir. Formerly a staff writer on David Simon's HBO original series, The Deuce, as a screenwriter, Megan Abbott recently adapted her gorgeous novel Dare Me for the USA Network and served as a co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner of the series, which was repeatedly named one of the best TV shows of 2020 and has also just been made available to stream on Netflix as well. A Grosse Pointe Michigan native who fell in love with old movies as a child and is still a highly respected film buff, she's also been a contributor to and essayist for The Criterion Collection. Megan, who received her PhD in English and American Literature from New York University, has worked as a professor at NYU, the State University of New York, as well as the New School University, and in 2013-2014, she served as the John Grisham writer-in-residence at Ole Miss. Well known for her rich prose and female-centric spin on the crime genre, in the past, Megan edited the anthology A Hell of a Woman, which was devoted to female crime fiction, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times Magazine, The Guardian, and more. Megan's hotly-anticipated tenth novel, The Turnout, is due to be released this summer on July 6, 2021. It was both an honor and a privilege to speak to Megan about the underrated or overlooked films of Martin Scorsese - one of her favorite filmmakers as well as mine - in this enlightening and engaging episode, which fans of her work and Scorsese's are sure to love.Note: Be sure to stay tuned after our conversation for a postscript, where I fill listeners in on the changes to the podcast this "season" in 2021.Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music ArchiveOriginally Posted on Patreon (1/1/21) here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45644845

1hr 5mins

1 Jan 2021

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Special Guest Megan Abbott // Sarahfest Bonus Episode

Swerve South

Welcome to a special Sarahfest bonus episode of Swerve South! This week, Theresa is joined by novelist, television writer, and showrunner Megan Abbott to discuss their shared pop cultural obsession: coming-of-age stories. Theresa and Megan dive into the subversive coming-of-age touchstones of their own adolescence and interrogate why, even as adults, they keep returning to complicated narratives of girlhood and growing up. This leads into a fascinating conversation about the 1969 film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the particular allure of the mentor-protégé subset of the coming-of-age genre. Set at a Scottish girls’ school in the 1930s, the film follows four young students who fall under the thrall of their glamorous (and dangerous) teacher Miss Jean Brodie, played by Maggie Smith. From thorny student-teacher relationships to a slippery romance with fascism, Theresa and Megan explore this thought-provoking film.

38mins

28 Oct 2020

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INCREMENT VICE - EPISODE #35: “…anything you can’t avoid...” with Megan Abbott

One Heat Minute Productions

Raymond Chandler once wrote: “Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor—by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world… “The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.” Or, as Doc might put it: “Who, me?”About the Guest - MEGAN ABBOTTMegan Abbott is the Edgar-winning author of the novels THE SONG IS YOU, DIE A LITTLE, BURY ME DEEP, THE END OF EVERYTHING, DARE ME, YOU WILL KNOW ME and THE FEVER. Her most recent book is GIVE ME YOUR HAND. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The Believer. Her stories have appeared in multiple collections, including the Best American Mystery Stories of 2014 and 2016. Her work has won or been nominated for the CWA Steel Dagger, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and five Edgar awards. Formerly a staff writer on HBO's David Simon show, THE DEUCE, she is now co-creator, executive producer and show-runner of DARE ME, based upon her novel, for the USA Network and, internationally, Netflix.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/one-heat-minute-productions/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 22mins

31 Jul 2020

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Working: Megan Abbott's Go-To Story Structure

Slate Culture

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to crime novelist and TV writer Megan Abbott, who describes her creative-writing rituals, her go-to story structure, and the challenges of adapting one of her novels for television.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the surprising origins of the terms story beat and character beat. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.Podcast production by Cameron DrewsAnd if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

10 May 2020

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Working: Megan Abbott's Go-To Story Structure

Slate Daily Feed

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to crime novelist and TV writer Megan Abbott, who describes her creative-writing rituals, her go-to story structure, and the challenges of adapting one of her novels for television.  After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the surprising origins of the terms story beat and character beat. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.Podcast production by Cameron DrewsAnd if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

10 May 2020

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