Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 24, 2017. Her parents were both professors at community college where her father taught film and her mother taught reading. Due to her parents’ professions, Flynn was always surrounded by movies and books, so it is no surprise that both these fields ended up being very prevalent in her life. Flynn earned her undergraduate degree in English and Journalism at the University of Kansas. Later she moved to California where she worked for two years, however moved to Chicago where she would study at NorthWestern University in Journalism. However after receiving her masters degree, Flynn realized that she was not cut out for journalism and it wasn’t a passion of hers any longer.
It is then that Flynn began writing. She focused on writing for ten years before publishing any of her work which proved to be a great choice on Flynn’s end since all her novels up to date have gained a great response and have created many loyal readers. In 2006, Flynn released her first novel titled Sharp Objects, a crime mystery novel. “I’m a true crime addict. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but I can’t stop” says Flynn on the genre. Flynn’s love for the genre and dedication to writing pushed her to write the best story she could. Sharp Objects proved to be extremely popular was nominated for an Edward Award and won two Dagger awards which made Sharp Objects the first novel to win two Dagger awards within a year of the novel’s publication. Flynn’s second novel, Dark Places, had a similar reaction from her audience and received a plethora of titles commending Flynn for her work such as being named Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, Weekend TODAY’s Top Summer Read, Chicago Tribune’s Favourite Fiction choice, was a New York Times best seller and was named a favourite by a New Yorker Reviewer. Alongside this, Flynn’s Dark Places was adapted into a movie in 2015 and starred Charlize Theron.
Following these two novels, Flynn released Gone Girl which proved to be a global sensation. The novel spent upwards of one hundred weeks at the top of the New York Times’ Bestsellers list and was named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine alongside being adapted into a movie. Due to the international success and demand for her work, Flynn’s novels have been published in forty-one different languages and has been enjoyed around the world.
Flynn speaks of her love of writing and the thriller genre by saying “I think mystery writers and thriller writers — whatever genre you want to call it — are taking on some of the biggest, most interesting kind of socioeconomic issues around in a really interesting, compelling way.” Flynn proves that it is never too late to follow a dream that you have. It was only after earning a masters degree in Journalism that Flynn realized she wanted to write and shared her passion with the world.
Author: Sarah Pouramn
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