Gillian Flynn is an American author, comic book writer, screenwriter, and former television critic for the Entertainment Weekly. She has published three suspense novels, Sharp Objects, Gone Girl and Dark Places. Out of these Gillian adapted Gone Girl for the screen, and the film released in 2014 under the same name, directed by David Fincher.
Gillian was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in the Coleman Highlands neighborhood. Her parents were both professors at the Metropolitan Community College–Penn Valley. Judith Ann, Gillian’s mother was a reading-comprehension professor, and Edwin Matthew Flynn, her father, was a film professor. Gillian’s elder brother, Travis, is a railroad machinist. Gillian was extremely shy and mostly kept to herself, reading and writing.
Gillian attended the Bishop Miege High School and graduated in 1989, after which she received an undergraduate degree in journalism and English from the University of Kansas. Later, Gillian worked as a writer for a trade magazine for HR professionals for two years. She is also an alumnus of the Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, from where she completed her Master’s, in 1997.