CRIMINALLY GOOD: Interview with screenwriter Regina Moriarty

IMG_39741) 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!

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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.

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