NOVEL IDEA

Erin Kelly on her Broadchurch book spin-off…

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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.

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