Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professorsher mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. Her first novel *Sharp Objects* was the winner of two CWA Dagger Awards, and was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger. She lives in Chicago with her husband, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy. In theory she is working on her next novel. In reality she is possibly playing Ms. Pac-Man in her basement lair.