WRITER 582: Chris Hammer on ‘The Seven’ and adapting his novels to TV

How to navigate the challenges that often emerge towards the end of the year. Valerie also discusses her own personal career reinvention from accountant to writer. An interview with leading Australian crime author Chris Hammer, where Chris discusses his latest best-selling novel, The Seven, and his approach to telling stories through multiple timelines. Chris also shares insights into his writing process and advice for aspiring authors.

You can listen to the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or add the podcast RSS feed manually to your favourite podcast app.  

00:00 Introduction and welcome
00:16 Recommendation: Pamela Hart’s ‘The Fatal Crossing'
01:39 Guest introduction and writing tip discussion
03:13 Writing organisation tips and tools
11:34 Win ‘The Broken Wave' by Matthew Ryan Davies
13:53 Word of the week segment
14:20 Interview with Writer in Residence: Alli Parker
21:04 Writing journey and inspiration
21:13 Transition from screenwriting to novel writing
22:22 Breaking into the screenwriting industry
24:17 Decision to write a novel
26:33 Pathway to novel writing
28:05 Getting published and media coverage
30:11 Planning the story arc
39:31 Future writing projects
40:36 Advice for aspiring writers
43:08 Fun fact: what is the origin of the word “dubious”

Links mentioned in this episode

Writer in residence: Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer is a leading Australian crime fiction novelist, author of the internationally bestselling Martin Scarsden series: ScrublandsSilver and Trust.

Chris’s current award-winning series features homicide detectives Nell Buchanan and Ivan Lucic: Treasure & DirtOpal Country; The Tilt/Dead Man’s Creek; and now The Seven/Cover The Bones.

All of Chris’s books have atmospheric Australian settings, a range of colourful characters, intricate plots, descriptive language and emotional depth.

Before turning to fiction, Chris was a journalist for more than thirty years. He reported from more than 30 countries on six continents for SBS TV. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, senior writer for The Age and Online Political Editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Chris has written two non-fiction books The River (2010) – winner of the ACT Book of the Year – and The Coast (2012), published by Melbourne University Press.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master’s degree in International Relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra, Australia.

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This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers' Centre and our course Creative Writing Stage 1.

Find out more about your host, Valerie Khoo (@valeriekhoo on Twitter and @valeriekhoo on Instagram).

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