The Cry: ‘I HATED it’ – Author of original novel makes surprising confession
Helen Fitzgerald is the mastermind behind the book, which has been adapted for a new series starring Jenna Coleman.
It’s an intense story, to say the least – so it’s understandable that it wasn’t exactly an enjoyable process for the author to write.
Asked about the experience of writing it by Crime Fiction Lover, she said: I hated it.
“Joanna’s head was a horrible one to be in, and I was SO far in it.”
She added: “I tweeted a lot for support from fellow authors when I was writing. I was obviously sounding so weird and tortured, that my agent emailed me to ask if I was okay as my tweets ‘seemed quite distressed.’
“I only introduced the point of view of the ex-wife, Alexandra, because I needed to get away from Joanna and the awful situation she was in.
“I’m glad I did. Readers need a break too.”
The book presents Joanna – the character Coleman plays on-screen, as a brilliantly complicated character; but Fitzgerald has insisted that she personally has always been on her side.
“I love testing moral compasses, and test mine all the time!” she explained.
“But I was always firmly on Joanna’s side. I felt desperately sorry for her.
“In previous books, some readers have hated my female main characters. ‘She’s a bad mother. She’s nuts. She’s a slut.’
“I get quite protective – she’s just honest! I’m expecting some mixed opinions about Joanna too.”
The Cry has been declared a ratings success after picking up the prolific Sunday evening primetime slot previously held by Bodyguard.
It was the most-watched programme in its timeslot when the first episode aired at the start of this month – averaging 5.7 million viewers and peaking at 6.3 million.
In fact, behind Bodyguard, it landed the second-biggest drama launch of 2018 so far.
It continues at 9pm on BBC One on Sunday.
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