1) So, who are you & what have you written?
My name is name is Regina Moriarty and I write for TV and film. I’ve had a couple of single dramas on; Sammy’s War and Murdered by My Boyfriend. Currently I’m working on an adaptation of a young adult novel, and a 3 part adaptation of a crime novel. You can follow me on Twitter as @regmori.
2) Why do you write crime fiction?
I didn’t think I did until you asked me that question! I didn’t set out to write in any particular genre. Having said that, I’m working on an adaptation of a Denise Mina novel at the moment so maybe I’m a crime writer in denial.
I do read crime fiction though, I particularly like character driven stuff like Denise’s. Before writing full time I worked in the probation service for years so I’ve spent a lot of time talking to (and about) people who’ve committed crime so maybe that’s fuelled my interest. I’d love to write a crime novel but I’m scared to start. I’m in utterly in awe of anyone who manages it!
3) What informs your crime writing?
Murdered by My Boyfriend was based on real events so there was a lot of research available. I do find I draw on my experience of working in the Probation Service quite a lot, even for writing that isn’t crime related.
4) What’s your usual writing routine?
I’m a very bad example I’m afraid. I don’t really have a set routine and am quite lazy and easily distracted. Sometimes I actually feel like I’m being physically repulsed by my desk! Then I feel guilty and beat myself up for my lack of discipline. What I find is that I’m OK once I sit down and force myself to start writing but up until that time my brain will look for any excuse not to do it. I am trying to be more disciplined though; it would save me a lot of pain!
5) Which crime book do you wish YOU’D written, and why?
Well, it’s more of a crime/literary fiction hybrid I suppose but I really loved Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy. I do genuinely wish I’d written it! Also, even though I’ve read it about five times, I love Garnethill by Denise Mina.