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Flynn says B’ville is perfect Wind Gap

By Diana New Source: Gillian Flynn, author of ‘˜Sharp Objects’, was in town last week working as a producer on the upcoming HBO mini series based her debut novel. Flynn published Sharp Objects in 2006. It features reporter Camille Preaker and her troubling assignment to return to her tiny hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri and cover the murders of two preteen girls. She must also face her neurotic, hypochondriac mother and a half-sister she barely knows and hasn’t spoken to for years. Camille returns home to her old bedroom in the family’s Victorian mansion where she finds herself identifying with the young victims. She is dogged by her own demons and must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get the story and survive her homecoming. The novel was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Daggar awards making it the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. The movie adaptation of the novel currently filming locally stars Amy Adams. Flynn described Barnesville as the ideal location to bring her story’s setting to life. ’This town is the perfect setting for Wind Gap,’ said Flynn. ‘It’s lush and green just like my home state of Missouri and it’s almost as if the town was picked out of my own mind as I was writing the novel. Everyone here has been so nice and (HBO) couldn’t have picked a better location for this story to come to life.’ Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community college professors who influenced her love for books and movies. Her mother taught reading while her father taught film. At a young age, Flynn enjoyed novels like ‘˜A Wrinkle in Time’ and movies like ‘˜Alien’, ‘˜Psycho’ and ‘˜Bonnie and Clyde’, inspiring her to become a crime reporter. Flynn received her undergraduate degrees in Eng- lish and journalism from the University of Kansas and master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. Instead of becoming a crime reporter, Flynn moved to New York City and joined Entertainment Weekly magazine where she was able to utilize both her love for movies and degree in journalism. Flynn wrote for EW for 10 years before ‘˜Sharp Objects’ was released. Her second novel, ‘˜Dark Places’, was published in 2009. The novel quickly became a New York Times bestseller and a was widely lauded. The movie adaptation was released in 2015 and starred Charlize Theron. Flynn’s third novel, ‘˜Gone Girl’, was an international sensation spending more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The novel was also named one of the best books of the year by People Magazine and the New York Times. It was nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel and adapted to film in 2014. Flynn wrote the screenplay for the David Fincher film adaptation which starred Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. ’˜The Grownup’ is Flynn’s newest release and is an Edgar Award-winning short story and an homage to the classic ghost story. Flynn’s work has been published in 41 languages. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, their children and cat. Flynn is currently putting together ideas for her next novel while working on the production of ‘˜Sharp Objects’.

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