I got this email query today:
I have a question about novels based on tv shows. When you write a
novel based on the tv shows how do you keep the characters lives from developing
beyond what has happened on the tv show? Or do their lives develop differently
from their lives on tv? Does that make sense?
The short answer is that I worked hand-in-hand with the producers of MONK to make sure my books are running on a parallel course, development-wise. And if I do create some new backstory (as I have done to some degree), that it’s acceptable to the creator of the show and consistent with what that have done or intend to do.
For more detailed informati0n on how tie-ins are written, check out the many articles at the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers website.