Writing novels and writing scripts.
Our panel of multi talented scribes discuss the similarities and differences between writing crime in two different mediums.
Beginning his TV career with the BBC's Doctor Who, Stephen Gallagher went on to establish himself as a novelist and as a writer and director of television drama. He adapted and directed his novel Oktober as an ITV miniseries starring Stephen Tompkinson, and wrote feature-length episodes for Rosemary & Thyme. His two-part story for Silent Witness picked up a European Science Award for Best TV Drama. He most recently worked on Stan Lee's Lucky Man for Sky. His thirteen novels include Down River, Rain, Nightmare, with Angel, The Spirit Box, and Red, Red Robin. He's the creator of Sebastian Becker, Special Investigator to the Lord Chancellor's Visitor in Lunacy, in a series of novels that began with The Kingdom of Bones and The Bedlam Detective and continues in The Authentic William James.
Author and screenwriter Simon Booker writes prime time TV drama for the BBC, ITV and US TV. Released in April 2018, new crime drama Animal Instinct: Human Zoo is an Audible Original audio drama starring Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Victoria Hamilton (The Crown, Doctor Foster) and Lia Williams (The Crown).
Without Trace is the first in a series of psychological thrillers featuring Morgan Vine, a single mother and investigative journalist obsessed with miscarriages of justice. Kill Me Twice is the second in the series.
Simon’s TV credits include BBC1’s Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries starring Diana Rigg and Neil Dudgeon, ITV thrillers The Stepfather and The Blind Date, and Perfect Strangers. He has written many plays for BBC Radio 4, worked extensively as a producer in television and radio and as a journalist.
Charles Harris is a martial arts black belt, a best-selling author, international award-winning writer-director, a highly respected script consultant and co-founder of the London Screenwriters' Workshop, now Euroscript. His debut satirical-noir novel, The Breaking of Liam Glass was published in June 2017 by Marble City and immediately hit Amazon's best-seller lists, including #1 on Amazon's Hot New Releases for Satire. It has since been nominated Finalist for a Wishing Shelf Book Award.
His film work includes the movie Paradise Grove, which won Best New Director in Palm Springs and the BBC2 satirical documentary Sex, Drugs and Dinner, with Alexei Sayle, winning Best Network Programme in the UK. As a non-fiction author, his book Teach Yourself: Complete Screenwriting Course is an Amazon best-seller and along with Jaws in Space: Powerful Pitching for Film and TV is recommended reading on MA courses. You can find out more about Charles by visitng his website.
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist now turned best-selling crime and thriller writer, and is the author of the very popular DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg and DC Lucy Clayburn novels.
Paul first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in horror, fantasy and science-fiction, including for Dr Who. However, he is probably best known for his crime/thriller novels, specifically the Heckenburg police-actioners, of which there are seven to date, and the Clayburn procedurals, of which there are two. The first three books in the Heck line achieved official best-seller status, the second being the fastest pre-ordered title in HarperCollins history, while the first Lucy Clayburn novel made the Sunday Times Top 10 list. The Heck series alone has accrued over 2,000 5-star reviews on Amazon
M. J. Arlidge is a novelist, screenwriter and producer. In 2014, his debut novel Eeny Meeny was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. It swiftly became a Sunday Times Bestseller and was the best selling crime debut of the year. It sold to over 30 countries worldwide and has been optioned for development by the BBC. Six subsequent Helen Grace novels have followed, all of them bestsellers. The latest in the series is Down to the Woods and is out September 2018.
Matt Arlidge began his career in television, producing a host of popular dramas, including Eastenders and Monarch of the Glen. Later he specialised in TV crime drama, particularly domestic thrillers, such as Torn, The Little House and Undeniable, before moving from producing to screenwriting. He writes regularly for hit BBC series Silent Witness and his first original piece for TV – Innocent – was show on ITV earlier this year and starred Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby.
You can find out more about Matt by following him on Twitter - @mjarlidge