VOGUE July 2016 issue: ‘The Girls’ by Emma Cline

Note from the Editor:

This is one of those amazing stories of how a new author emerges seemingly from nowhere and becomes an instant hit. Once in a while, it’s refreshing to see that it is possible, especially with the technology available to writers, to find your niche and be in the right place at the right time. I hope you enjoy this story. Scott

VOGUE Arts and Lifestyle: Cult Following

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By Marisa Meltzer

Her debut novel, about a girl in thrall to a Manson-style commune, sparked a bidding war and reputedly a $2 million advance. So who is the enigmatic 27-year-old Emma Cline? We revisit Marisa Meltzer’s interview with the author published in the July issue.

I was wearing a peasant blouse and thought, ‘This is too on the nose!’ and took it off,” says Emma Cline, of choosing an outfit for this interview. Instead, she’s wearing a jumper and skinny jeans – to distinguish herself from a character in her novel, The Girls, which comes out this month. It’s set in the late Sixties in a cult-like Californian commune with a leader who bears a striking resemblance to Charles Manson – murders and all. And Cline, with her long, reddish-blonde hair and delicate features, could all too easily look the part of a hippy acolyte.

She has been game enough to come to my Brooklyn apartment for the interview, after vetoing my suggestion of meeting up at her home – also nearby. Perhaps she thought it was just an attempt to nose at her décor and how she lives (she would have been partly right). She’s cagey, not exactly nervous but not comfortable being the object of my questioning. Everyone wants to know all they can about the intensely private Cline, a 27-year-old first-time author with a rumored $2 million advance.

Emma Cline’s story is so powerful, as are her startlingly acute psychological portraits of girls and their families. This is a novel I wanted to read fast because the story is so suspenseful, and slow so I could savour every word.  ~Kate Medina~


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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~


  1. Hi, Scott. Thank you, for once again, introducing us to a new talent and a book that sounds interesting. Growing up in the sixties, many of us could have succumbed to a “Manson-type” individual.

    Again, thank for this post.

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  2. Can’t wait to get my paws on this novel. I’m motivated by her ability to come into the literary world and make a name for herself from the beginning. I wish her must success!!!

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