Gillian Flynn is living my dream. Not only is she an A-list New York Times best-selling author, but she’s also headed for the Oscars with the film adaptation of “Gone Girl.” Red carpet, designer gown, borrowed Harry Winston jewels…yes, she is a freaking rock star in my opinion.
My books take me about three-four months to complete. I don’t outline or plan…I just write. I let the characters take me along for the ride. Sometimes I’m surprised at their decisions, sometimes elated at their realizations, sometimes saddened about events for which they lack control, but I’m always excited to find out what happens next.
During the writing process, I get to know my characters. For example, I wrote a nine-page character sketch on the hero in my latest novel (which is about four scenes away from being in completed draft mode – YAY!). I needed to get inside his head so I could convince my readers who and what he is and why. I crafted a picture in my mind. I hear his voice in my head as I read his exchanges with other characters. I know his expressions and his mannerisms. He is as real as I am.
So naturally, I can see him on the silver screen. I’d love the chance to make him as real to the world as he is to me, to create the alternate reality I’ve lived for the past several months. Gillian Flynn had her chance…and it’s paid off royally….to the point of $77.9 million (as of press time for the 10/24 issue of Entertainment Weekly).
Ahhh…like I said…THE DREAM.
But first things first…gotta hit the lists before I can collect my own Oscar…in Valentino. =)