Megan Abbott: Biography

Megan Abbott

21 aug 1971

Megan Abbot was born in 1971 in Detroit, Michigan where she attended Michigan University. She is regarded as one of the best contemporary crime fiction writers and she acknowledges being influenced in this direction by the books she read as well as the crime dramas on television. From a child she was a detective film buff and her parents, who were also fans, supported her habit by searching the stores to find films for her to watch. Strangely enough, she did not set out initially to write fiction, but it emerged as an offshoot of her doctoral studies in English and American literature at New York University. Later, some of the ideas for her books were based on real criminal cases.

She is predominantly a writer of crime novels, but she also writes short stories, one nonfiction book and several articles for journals and newspapers. She also edited an anthology of crime stories written by women. She is best known as a crime fiction writer with nearly a dozen books in this genre and she sees herself as one of few successful female writers of the genre in a largely male dominated field.

Megan Abbot’s books have been nominated for many awards such as the Anthony, Macavity and the Barry. Megan Abbot won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award and her book Fever won both the International Thriller Writers and the Strand Critic Awards as Best novel and was chosen as a best book of the year by the Boston Globe, Kirkus Review and Amazon, among others. Fever has also been translated into French. Another book is due to be published in 2016 and two of her novels are being worked on for television.

Megan Abbot lives in New York City.