Gillian Flynn

Best Known For: 

Gone Girl

Short bio: 

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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Submitted by Melissa (not verified) on

I have read all of your books, and just finished Sharp Objects - the ending was amazing, such a big twist, not once but twice! You are by far my favorite author of all time! I love your style of writing. It is so descriptive, it is awkward and graphic in the most beautiful way. "I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at the belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it." That is by all means ugly and graphic but that's what makes it completely beautiful and very well done, relating a meanness to an organ you can slit open and stomp on is so creative! I can't put your books down either, I practically read Sharp Objects in one night from 5 pm to 3 am. Your books are dark and turning, beautiful and newfangled. I am completely drawn to your ingenious. I hope to become a famous author one day like you!

Submitted by Michelle Mcdermitt (not verified) on

I have never read a better first novel.
You are a dream!

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