Last week, Katy of Chichester Copywriter went to a Chichester Library author event in aid of Chichester Festivities, this time with crime writer Sophie Hannah. Successful Sophie already had one of her books, The Point of Rescue, dramatised for TV last year with a TV adaptation of The Other Half Lives due to air on ITV1 tonight.
The author revealed that she played some part in writing the screenplays for these TV dramas but when it comes to writing screenplays, she’d rather not create them for her own books – after all she’s already written them once!
Currently in the midst of writing an original crime drama for the BBC, when asked what makes her crime stories so gripping for page and screen, Sophie revealed that she likes to keep her plots complicated yet realistic and is often inspired by real life events. For example, the scenes about hypnotherapy in her latest book Kind of Cruel are based on her own experiences with the holistic treatment and she dedicated the book to the hypnotherapist that inspired one of her characters.
When it comes to writing crime, it helps that Sophie’s a dedicated fan of the genre who doesn’t like to guess whodunit straight away – a reason why she avoids starting her books with a dead body; that’s half the mystery solved. Sophie named SJ Watson’s Before I go to Sleep, Barbara Vine’s A Dark Adapted Eye, Nicci French’s The Memory Game and Tana French’s Broken Harbour as some of her favourite reads.