My guest today is bestselling author Jane Harper. Jane’s first novel The Dry following the story of Detective Aaron Falk was written in 2016 and has since sold over 1.5m copies in Australia and 3.5m worldwide. It also became a hit film in 2020, starring Eric Bana as Falk. The Dry is now the 15th highest-grossing Australian movie ever; another adaptation is in the pipeline for Harper’s second Falk novel, Force of Nature, which will also star Bana. She has also written two stand alone crime thrillers The Lost Man and The Survivors set, as all her books are, against the backdrop of the wild Australian landscape. Her latest release Exiles is the third book in her Falk series where he finds himself in the lush South Australian wine country. Run don’t walk to pick up a copy!

Born in Manchester in the UK, Harper moved to Australia with her family when she was eight. There, she lived in the outer Melbourne suburb of Boronia, and eventually acquired Australian citizenship. As a teen, Harper returned to the UK with her family and resided in Hampshire. Later, she attended the University of Kent and studied English. After spending time working on her career as a print journalist, she moved back to Australia. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. In this episode we discuss Jane’s approach to her writing, what it was like to go from a relatively unknown print journalist to an international bestselling author and how motherhood has changed her. We also talk about mother guilt and it was so comforting to know that even Jane Harper shares this experience!

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Show credits:

Editing – RAW Collings

Music – Avocado Junkie