Lee Child was born in the exact
geographic center of England, in
the heart of the industrial
badlands. The sort of place
where minor disputes were
settled with box cutters and
bicycle chains. He's got the
scars to prove it. But he
survived, got an education, and
went to university where he
spent most of his time in the
university theater; after which
he went to work for Granada
Television in Manchester. Over
eighteen years he was involved
with more than 40,000 hours of
the company's program output. He
also wrote thousands of links,
trailers, commercials and news
stories, most of them on
deadlines that ranged from
fifteen minutes to fifteen
seconds. So the thought of a
novel-a-year didn't worry him
too much, in his next career.
But why a next career? He was fired in 1995 during a "downsizing". After eighteen years, he was an expensive veteran, and he was also the union organizer, and neither thing fit the company's plan for the future. He had an idea for a character who had suffered the same downsizing experience but who was taking it completely in his stride. He named the character Jack Reacher and wrote Killing Floor as fast as he could. He needed to sell it before his severance check ran out. He made it with seven weeks to spare.
Lee moved from the UK to the US in the summer of 1998. He lives in New York and France with his American wife, Jane. They have a grown-up daughter, Ruth. He likes to travel, for vacations, but especially on promotion tours so he can meet his readers, to whom he is eternally grateful.
His latest novel, Nothing to Lose, was published in the UK in March and will be released in the USA in June.
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