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The bad news: Gillian Flynn has 'killed off' Amy, the deranged heroine of her blockbuster thriller.
The good news: it's only temporary and - while she contemplates a follow up - she's got a deliciously creepy new story to tell...
I ask what the working title is, a question she deftly ducks with the reply: ‘Well, if you’re my publisher it’s called “Where the hell’s the next book, dammit?
”’Flynn exclusively reveals her next novel, like Gone Girl, will be set in the American Midwest (she is originally from Kansas City, Missouri) and will involve a Seventies murder, which affects generations. I’ve always loved scary stories and psychological thrillers, so that’s what I do.’Indeed, her latest novella, The Grownup, which first appeared in a collection of stories curated by Game Of Thrones writer George RR Martin, is yet another story involving twisted sex and creepy characters, although this time the plot revolves around a young female con artist working as a psychic who is asked to investigate some malevolent events involving a young boy living in a creepy Victorian manor.
As I waited I read the inscription carved in the stone near my feet. ‘Welcome to Carterhook Manor,’ she said, fake grandeur.She says people are always stunned to find a well-adjusted, happily married mother of two can produce such dark and troubling fiction, which focuses on women who often have no redeeming qualities at all. I loved Alice In Wonderland and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.Flynn has been accused of everything from being a misogynist to being an anti-feminist and is stung by the criticism: ‘I have strong female protagonists because I’m a female writer. Flynn started writing as a child, the youngest of two children brought up in Kansas City by her movie-mad father (who taught film studies at the local community college) and her ‘bookaholic’ mother, who taught English at the same small college.'I was surrounded by books. I always dreamed of being a writer.’She studied journalism and, for ten years, was the film and TV critic for America’s mid-market Entertainment Weekly magazine, until she was abruptly fired aged 36: ‘I saw the writing on the wall.But it’s not a world I want to revisit any time soon.It’s time to move on,' said Gillian on a follow-up to Gone Girl It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story, which even today Flynn struggles to comprehend: ‘The past three years have been a whirlwind,’ she says, sipping mint tea to stave off a cold she blames on ‘too many late nights and too much work’.