James D. "Jim" Grant, is best known by his pen name Lee Child. He was a Television director who became is a British author when he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring.
Always a voracious reader, he bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.
He said starting writing novels saying they are "the purest form of entertainment."
Killing Floor was published in 1997, and he moved to the United States in the summer of 1998
Child is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series about a former American Military Policeman described as being 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 250 pounds and having a 50-inch chest.(Child is 6’4”) Reacher grew up on military bases and has served all of his life until leaving in his mid thirties.
He wanders the United States but carries no luggage. When his clothes get dirty he just goes to the local stores and buy more and just puts his old ones in the trash.
Child has referred to these books as revenge stories– "Somebody does a very bad thing, and Reacher takes revenge."
Child’s writing style is, like Reacher, that of a rogue. He says that rather than follow the advice to “show not tell” he is perfectly willing to have his character look in the mirror and tell us what he sees. Rather than not talk about the weather he says if that is what is on the mind of his character that he starts with it. As for creating suspense he said—”it all boils down to asking a question and making people wait for the answer.”
FYI Interesting Fact…………………Someone, somewhere, buys one of Child’s Jack Reacher crime thrillers every 13 seconds.
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