Chicago-based ‘Gone Girl’ author Gillian Flynn profiled in Time

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The film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mega-bestselling thriller Gone Girl (to date, it has sold 8.5 million copies worldwide) — which was penned by Flynn and, like the book, is centered on a marriage that’s not at all what it seems — hits screens countrywide Oct. 3.

In a just-published profile by Time magazine writer Lev Grossman, the Chicago-based author and mother of two (she recently had a daughter with attorney husband Brett Nolan) talks about her childhood, the writing life, marriage and working with Gone Girl director David Fincher.

Here’s a handful of highlights:

On what scares her

“What has always scared me is the danger close to home. I’ve never been that scared of the serial-killer genre, that kind of thing. I like Rear Window, Hitchcock, the phone call’s coming from inside the house — that sense that the people you’re supposed to trust are the very people you should be keeping an eye on.”

On women

“I’ve certainly been called a misogynist, and that to me is strange. It feels so old-fashioned to think because you write about awful women that you don’t like women. To me it’s worse to only write about good women. I’m tired of women as the supporting character…”

On her next novel

“It’s dark, and it has to do with murder, but it’s much more. I want it to feel like a big American folkloric tale of murder, but not necessarily with any sort of a whodunit element.”

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