By 2005, bits and pieces of my life had been fictionalized in books, films, and television shows. Coming up with ideas for the book to film Gone Girl released in 2012 was probably the closest peek into my personal life that I ever did. Of course, it was fictionalized and even real things that happened in my life were fictionalized by my Amy character written in her journal.
Amy was named for me and maiden name for Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, who entered my life in 1983 when I was 15.
I came up with the pen name Gillian Flynn for the redheaded actress who portrayed my character Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) in X-Files and a boy named Sam Flynn that grew up in Trussville, Alabama. This too was to draw a connection to Def Leppard who had released the “X” album in 2002 by Chris Blackwell’s Island Records.
The “Sugar Storm” was inspired by me writing the songs “Pour Some Sugar On Me” recorded by Def Leppard and “Sugar Walls” (as Alexander NEVERMIND) recorded by Sheena Easton.
When I thought about how I wanted the scene to play out, I thought about sitting at Café du Monde by the Mississippi River and the sugar storm when eating a beignet. This is also why the fictional town of North Carthage is set on the Mississippi River.
“C’mon, take a bottle, shake it up”
Another fictional aspect of my character Amy is that she setup men to claim they raped her. The idea for the scene where she uses a bottle to make her body have damage was inspired by one of the men who started raping me when I was a teen using a bottle to molest me with. This is where the lyrics for the song “Pour Some Sugar On Me” recorded by Def Leppard came from.
Thanks Trent for working on the soundtrack!
Oh! Make sure you pay close attention to the “Butt Chin” comment in reference to the character Nick Dunne’s cleft chin. There were three men in my life with cleft chins…Kurt Cobain, Michael Hutchence, and Marco Nogara. Of course, Michael Jackson had a cleft chin implant after we met. There was someone in my life who always made the comment of how he hated people with cleft chins. Fortunately, that person is no longer in my life…but should recognize the fictional town of North Carthage which came from Carthage, North Carolina (with the towns of Pinehurst and Whispering Pines) where they had family.
Trent Reznor who I asked to do the soundtrack had lost “Nothing” record label when the levees broke in New Orleans.