Literary Birthday – 24 February – Gillian Flynn

Happy Birthday, Gillian Flynn, born 24 February 1971.


  1. The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.
  2. 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 socio-economic issues around in a really interesting, compelling way.
  3. There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.
  4. To me, marriage is the ultimate mystery.
  5. People love talking, and I have never been a huge talker. I carry on an inner monologue, but the words often don’t reach my lips.
  6. Whenever I kind of have writer’s block, I don’t let myself stop writing, but I’ll back away and kind of approach things differently, like these old-fashioned college-writing-class exercises.
  7. I’m a true-crime addict. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but I can’t stop.
  8. The stuff I love isn’t about gotcha scares, and gore doesn’t frighten me much either. It’s that sense of dread, and the sense that characters have gotten swept up in a current they can’t control, leading them toward something awful and dark.
  9. Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.
  10. Read all the time and keep writing. There are a million talented writers out there who are unpublished only because they stop writing when it gets hard. Don’t do that— keep writing.

Gillian Flynn is an American author and screenwriter. She is well-known for her novel, Gone Girl.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th February 2015