Gillian Flynn was born on February 24, 1971 in Kansas City, MO. She attended the University of Kansas and later earned a Master's degree from Northwestern University. Flynn is a former writer for Entertainment Weekly for 10 years. During her last four years at EW, Flynn was the TV critic.
Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, "Sharp Objects", was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. Movie rights have been sold. Flynn’s second novel, the 2009 New York Times bestseller "Dark Places", was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. Movie rights have also been sold, with Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) to direct.
Flynn’s third novel, GONE GIRL, was released in June 2012 and made the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel's principal suspense comes from an uncertainty about the main character, Nick Dunne, and whether he killed his wife, Amy Dunne. In several interviews, Flynn has said she was interested in exploring the psychology and dynamics of a long-term relationship. In portraying her principal characters who are out-of-work writers, she made use of her own experience being laid off from her job as a writer for Entertainment Weekly. The movie stars Ben Affleck
Flynn’s work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy.
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