Author Margaret Atwood has been touring the world recently discussion her new book 'The Testaments' as well as The Handmaid's Tale TV show and book.
In an event in Australian, the writer spoke about the reaction to some of the disturbing ideas the series brings up.
"People said I certainly had a twisted imagination to have made all this, and I quote, 'sh*t up',"
"I wanted to be able to say, 'I did not make up any of this sh*t',"
"I just put things people never thought would happen in real life in a location where they weren't expecting it."
She also spoke about her decision to not carry on the story of Offred (played by Elizabeth Moss in the TV series) in the sequel.
"I knew the readers wanted me to continue the story of Offred, but I couldn't," she explained.
"It would've sounded like an imitation of the show, so I just went for something completely different… and I turned out to be way ahead of the TV series, anyway."
The next season of The Handmaid's Tale is set to debut later on this year.