Dread becomes her

To Gillian Flynn, dread is "that sense that you've got a rope around your middle and it's pulling you toward something." That's what the author of "Sharp Objects," "Dark Places" and the breakout hit "Gone Girl" wants you to feel while reading her work, rather than old-fashioned fear. "To me, dread is always the more potent feeling that I like to talk about," she said in a phone conversation from her Ukrainian Village home, where she lives with her husband and son. Here are five quick hits with Flynn.

Which "Gone Girl" character--Nick or Amy--she empathizes with more:

Both at different points in the novel. We agreed that at some point, all women have thought about getting the type of revenge Amy exacts on Nick. We're just not exactly crazy enough to go through with it.

How much influence she's had over the film version of 'Gone Girl':

Flynn adapted her book into the script, but wasn't involved in the casting process, though she said she was happy with the choices of Ben Affleck as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy. She's also ventured to Missouri to visit the movie's set.

The impetus that really made "Gone Girl" take off:

Flynn has no idea, but suspects the book mostly grew through word-of-mouth. She recalls sitting in her backyard with her husband on the Fourth of July last year and toasting that the novel had hit No. 1.

Her favorite Chicago author of the year:

Marcus Sakey, author of "Brilliance." While on a trip to Paris, Flynn said she would fantasize about being able to return to her hotel room and continue reading. Now that's the definition of a can't-put-it-down novel.

Where she hangs out in Chicago:

Flynn said you can find her and husband Brett Nolan at Innertown Pub. She's also a fan of taking a mid-day break to walk around her neighborhood and by the lake to clear her head during writing.

About her next book:

What, you think she was going to give away any secrets? Flynn took the entire month of November off to rejuvenate, but now that December has rolled around, she's back to writing in her basement office. She told me she's got the first sentence of her novel in her head, and hopes to write more about Chicago this time.


Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • 'Furious 7': At this point, you know, whatever
    'Furious 7': At this point, you know, whatever

    Muscular, perpetually mumbling bowling pin Dominic Toretto (Human Aggro Crag Vin Diesel) doesn’t just prefer Corona, the beach-branded standard of Mexican beer-flavored water. He won’t even consider trying a Belgian Trappist ale, widely regarded as being among the world’s...

  • '5 to 7' is hot and bothered
    '5 to 7' is hot and bothered

    Not long after hordes of viewers hungry for some good, clean (dirty) spanking action flocked to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” a smaller, better movie comes along that actually contains, you know, passion between its characters.

  • 'While We're Young' is hilariously wise
    'While We're Young' is hilariously wise

    That’s so old-fashioned, Cornelia (Naomi Watts) remarks warmly when 20-somethings Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) say that they’re married. Then they add that their wedding took place in a water tower to the sounds of a mariachi band. And there was a slip...

  • Where do Emanuel, Garcia stand on the issues?
    Where do Emanuel, Garcia stand on the issues?

    Chicago's April 7 runoff election is looming, and there are plenty of people undecided about whether they'll hand Mayor Rahm Emanuel another term or go with the new guy—Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. So we've rounded up the top issues and where the candidates stand to...

  • McDonald's raising its minimum wage, but some say it's not enough
    McDonald's raising its minimum wage, but some say it's not enough

    McDonald's plans to raise starting wages by $1 above the local minimum at select restaurants, just one of the changes on tap as the world's largest fast-food chain tries to win back customers and fend off a union-backed effort to raise pay throughout the industry.

  • Teen who got controversial heart transplant dies in crash during police chase
    Teen who got controversial heart transplant dies in crash during police chase

    An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records.