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I grew up in Birmingham, where they made useful things and made them well.
– Lee Child
I have three desks. One empty for paperwork, one for the internet and email, and one for the writing computer.
I love visiting LA. It’s an endlessly fascinating city, and is, of course, America’s entertainment capital. Each time I go, I fall in love with it all over again. That said, it’s not the sort of place I’d want to live.
You know, women are as promiscuous as men and yet, of course, people are inhibited from having an affair or a relationship because the real-world consequences are a drag.
I’ve discovered writers by reading books left in airplane seats and weird hotels.
A calm environment is for after I finish work.
Most actors are small, anyway – at least compared to me.
She’s a reflection of my fascination with the diversity of America she’s totally normal in New York, but a freak in Texas. There are dozens of such clashes in America.
The thriller is not a recent invention. It probably goes back to the dawn of storytelling.
My mother still calls me Jim and that is about it. Everyone else calls me Lee. My wife calls me whatever.
I had a brief theater background and loved the backstage world there’s more backstage work in television, so I saw a job advertised and applied, and got it. That was back in 1977, when getting jobs was easy.
It’s always tense when you move a character from a book to the screen. Always tense.
I’d been a thriller reader all my life.
So long as readers keep reading and my publishers keep publishing, I plan to keep on writing. I’d have to be an idiot to be burnt-out in this job.
Practically any Western has a homesteader in trouble, and a mysterious rider shows up off the range, solves the problem over two or three days, and then rides off into the sunset.
I don’t know what the secret is when I am writing it – it really is a surprise to me.
The key to thrillers is vicarious pleasure.
We would all love to walk up to someone and shoot them in the head, there’s no doubt about that. We’re too civilised to admit it, but we’re happy to read about it.
It’s always sad if anybody you know has a personal problem.
I have a kind of old-fashioned, artisan approach.
I was in television drama, which is a first cousin to the movies, and I trust myself to make the right decisions.
I write in the afternoon, from about 12 until 6 or 7. I use an upstairs room as my office. Once I get going I keep at it, and it usually takes about six months from the first blank screen until ‘The End.’
It’s a tough case and the first time Reacher needs to recruit somebody to help him out. He uses a woman he knew in the army she’s a fascinating character.
Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That’s how I see it.
I love Italian food but that’s too generic a term for what’s available now: you have to narrow it down to Tuscan, Sicilian, and so on.
So, how to stay inside the world of entertainment without actually getting another job? I felt the only logical answer was to become a novelist. So I wrote the first book – driven by some very real feelings of desperation – and it worked.
In principle if I could not have a home I wouldn’t. But not having a home would be too difficult procedurally, going from hotel to hotel, the gap of three hours where you’re hungry and tired.
We know we need civilization and laws and procedures, but isn’t it frustrating? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just do what we needed to do?
Yeah, I am pretty sure of myself.
I don’t need validation, recognition or praise. What I need are facts and the facts are that one of my books gets sold, somewhere in the world, every second.