Margaret Atwood has discussed the writing of her hit book “The Handmaid’s Tale” and insisted everything you read or see on the TV series happened in real life.

Atwood, 78, made the comments in a new video promoting her upcoming Masterclass online creative writing tutorial.

After giving tips to writing hopefuls on how to get the ball rolling, the Canadian writer said of her own work: “When I wrote ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time.

“The reason I made that rule is that I didn’t want anybody saying, ‘You certainly have an evil imagination, you made up all these bad things.’ I didn’t make them up.”

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Atwood has also been heavily involved with the much-talked-about series, which never strays too far from her original 1985 novel.

Showrunner Bruce Miller previously told The Hollywood Reporter, “People talk about how we’re beyond the book, but we’re not really. The book starts, then jumps 200 years with an academic discussion at the end of it, about what’s happened in those intervening 200 years.

“It’s maybe handled in an outline but it’s still there in Margaret’s novel. We’re not going beyond the novel; we’re just covering territory she covered quickly, a bit more slowly.”

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Atwood’s comments come after it was confirmed that “The Handmaid’s Tale” had been renewed for another season. Judging from the premiere dates of seasons 1 and 2, fans can expect season 3  in April/May 2019.