Abigail Bergstrom has written for national publications and worked in the publishing industry for a decade. She has edited and represented countless bestsellers, building some of today’s biggest book brands and working with some of the industry’s most prominent voices. She was nominated for Literary Agent of the Year 2020 at the British Book Awards and is an intersectional feminist campaigner who co-founded the campaign ‘This Doesn’t Mean Yes’ which was covered in the media internationally. She lives in London with her boyfriend and her Italian Greyhound, Luca. Today we’re discussing her debut novel, What A Shame.
Our interview begins at 00:18:00
Caitlin recommends: Now That I See You by Emma Batchelor
In intriguing and heartfelt autofiction that explores changes in a relationship when one person comes out as trans.
Michelle recommends: Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Knives Out, a delicious family murder mystery that really plays into the tropes of the genre.
In this interview, we chat about:
Writing about 'under the surface' shame women experience
To what extent are we showing the truth online (and are we comfortable with that projection?)
Abigail's experience with severe burnout and how this has influenced her life, writing life and ambitions
The liminal spaces in our lives
Explore different portrayals of female friendships
How Abigail got her book deal and her experience as an agent (with tips for those who want to be published)
Books and other things mentioned:
Australia's Got Talent
Moulin Rouge (musical)
Mary Poppins (musical)
Rick & Morty (TV series - One Crew over the Crewcoo's Morty)