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Blood Type: every fortnight top thriller & crime authors spill their guts about writing to Barbara Copperthwaite
“Don’t get it right, get it written.”

CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every fortnight topnotch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.

This week: NICKY BLACK, aka crime-writing duo Nicky Doherty and Julie Blackie, authors of The Prodigy.

Tell us about yourself…

Nicky Black is a combination of me, Nicky Doherty, and my friend, Julie Blackie.  Julie

wrote The Prodigal as a TV script for ITV some sixteen years ago. It didn’t get green lit in the end and a few years ago, I asked Julie if I could adapt it into a novel. She agreed, and here we are. Julie is from Newcastle and I’m a Northumbrian (basically a posh Geordie), but I spent many years working on run down council estates just like Valley Park throughout the nineties. I live in London now, and have a job as a director of a Social Enterprise. I write in my spare time, though that’s proving difficult and I’m considering my options right now (#watchthisspace).

How do you go about plotting your book?

I have been lucky with The Prodigal (and the next book, Heads) to have Julie’s scripts to work from. So there is a plot structure there already. But just as a film or TV adaptation of a novel cuts out story, minor characters (and often their characteristics and motivations), I do the reverse and write it back in. I am a planner. I create … TO READ INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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