‘I’m NOT fear­ful of FAIL­URE – I REFUSE to AL­LOW it’

She is the woman who cre­ated DCI Jane Ten­ni­son so, not sur­pris­ingly, au­thor and screen­writer Lynda La Plante doesn’t let any­thing (or any­one) hold her back

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The ma­jor­ity of fears are those from child­hood that per­sist through as an adult. What hap­pens as you get older is a dif­fer­ent kind of fear. It’s the fear that you have learnt so much and have more to worry about.

I’m con­cerned that if I get a fact wrong in my script or my book, par­tic­u­larly in this day and age, the on­slaught is re­ally bad. Peo­ple come at you at all lev­els, so I make sure that the foren­sics, po­lice and ev­ery­body, help me get it right.

If you know you’re right and be­lieve that it’s right, don’t shout, don’t scream, don’t cross your arms – just qui­etly say this is what I want. That’s what I’ve learnt to do. Even through­out my ca­reer, when there have been these mo­ments when you could be scared. I’ve never been fear­ful of the fail­ure of a show or of a script. If you have fear, then you’ll come up with writer’s block. Many writ­ers do even­tu­ally ad­mit to hav­ing this, and I think it’s fear that you can’t do it any more. I refuse to al­low it. Some­one once said to me, don’t get bit­ter, it’s a waste of your time. Just get more suc­cess­ful. That’s like a mantra now. I kept it in mind when I was writ­ing my new book, Good Fri­day, about Jane Ten­ni­son’s early ca­reer.

My son is 14 and I try to be healthy. You have to be, but you do get wor­ried. I mon­i­tor ev­ery­thing and I don’t drink to ex­cess.

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