Writers write.Â And sometimes when you’re plumbing the dark depths of your head, you have ideas that won’t be confined to one genre or even one medium.Â I’ve written fantasy and SF and horror, I’ve written crime and psychological mysteries and contemporary drama.Â I’ve recently published a graphic novel in the US, and I’m about to do more comics.
But what many people don’t know is that I also earn a crust as a screenwriter.Â Today I’ve just finished the second episode of a new science fiction series I’m developing with the BBC.Â It’s still a long way from appearing on your TV screen, and, in fact, may never do so.Â Â It’s a long, exhausting and arduous task to get a series from idea to commission, with numerous, increasingly higher hurdles to jump over.Â And even if you’ve finally shaped the best idea in the world, it can still fall at the last because there’s not a free slot in the schedule.
Yet to a novelist, used to toiling away in a lonely room, it’s a fascinating, invigorating process.Â You get to work with other committed, creative individuals who take your idea in a surprising direction, and then you get to do the same with their ideas.Â (Whether I would enjoy it so much if I didn’t have the singular visions and sole authorship of my novels to fall back on, is a different matter – you can’t beat being in complete control).
I’ve also got another supernatural series in the early stages of development, and a movie project.Â And there’s been some initial movie interest in World’s End.
It’s all wait-and-see, but that’s part of the excitement.Â You never know what’s going to be around the corner.