Erin Kelly on her Broadchurch book spin-off…
How did you go about writing the novel?
I had to audition! There was more than one writer up for the job and we all had to turn the first act of episode one – that’s right up until the heartbreaking moment that Beth sees Danny’s body on the beach – into prose. When I got the gig, it was a tight turnaround – just a few months – but of course the plot, setting and character were all taken care of. It was a joy to write.
What sort of reaction did the book get?
Well, my favourite compliment was from Chris Chibnall, who said I made him cry. Which was fair enough, as he’d done it to me, too. I’ve had great feedback from readers all over the world who’ve enjoyed “reading the minds” of the familiar characters.
Can you tell us about the Series 2 stories you wrote?
Novelisations are unusual but not unique. The short stories, however, were something no one had ever done before. At midnight after every episode we released a mini ebook giving insights into one particular character you couldn’t get on screen. The challenge was exploring aspects of these characters I knew without accidentally giving away spoilers.
Are you looking forward to the third and final series?
I can’t wait! I was a fan before I was a collaborator, and it’s going to be fun returning to that viewer experience and guessing along with the rest of the country. My new thriller is about a rape trial, and I know that Broadchurch
3 covers similar ground, so I’m really interested to see how they handle those scenes.
He Said/she Said (Hodder & Stoughton) is out on 20 April.