How a deadline helped Jane Harper realise her dream

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While Jane always had the idea she’d like to switch from journalism to being a fully fledged fiction writer, she’d never really developed plans to turn her dream into reality. That is until a deadline popped up and she decided to give it a go. Thank goodness she did.

This ‘deadline incident’ was in 2014 and was followed a year later by another that resulted in the draft of what was to become her first bestselling novel, The Dry.

‘One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read.
— David Baldacci commenting on The Dry

That was 2016 and in two short years Jane has won countless top awards including, the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel, the British Book Awards Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year and the Australian Indie Awards Book of the Year.

Wow. What a rollercoaster. I was lucky enough to catch up with Jane during her book promo road trip, just as she was about to take the stage for a TEDx talk. I know you’ll enjoy her creative journey.

Already, her books are published in more than 36 territories worldwide, and the film rights for The Dry were quickly snapped up by Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea. All precipitated thanks to a deadline.

Learn more of Jane’s history here and if you like psychological thrillers, please, please, please grab a copy of her books. Her latest, The Lost Man, launched this very week and is already getting rave reviews. I’m totally loving it!

Hmm. Perhaps it’s time you found yourself a deadline. What do you think?

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Robert Gerrish