I love when Lee Child releases a book because, not only do we get to read a new Jack Reacher thriller — which is of course a treat in itself — but we also get to watch Lee’s media blitz. Even if from afar.
There’s one conversation I had a front row seat for as I talked with Lee this summer about my new Hunt for Jack Reacher thriller, Jack and Joe. You can read that conversation in my blog post, 5 Things Lee Child Told Me This Summer.
After he talked with me, one of Lee’s many stops this month surrounding the release of his newest book, Make Me, was CBS This Morning. Did you catch the interview?
Here are some of the highlights from the CBS interview with Lee Child:
Lee tells us he still doesn’t work with an outline. “I just start on page one and see what happens,” he says. He and I are different in this way. I prefer to work with an outline. It’s just the way my mind works best. Probably because of my legal training. And many other authors prefer to outline a story before starting, too. But plenty of writers prefer to wing it, like Lee. Seems to be working for him! 😉
Lee says we see a bit more of Jack Reacher’s vulnerabilities in Make Me than we do in most of the other Reacher books. Would you agree? I would! And I love that about this book.
Lee Child sums up a fact about Jack Reacher that Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are cursed by as they Hunt for Jack Reacher. Lee says, “Reacher always wins. But he likes to make sure the other guy knows he’s lost.” Otto and Gaspar find out just how far that other guy will go to get back at Reacher.
Lee Child also stopped in Boston and had a conversation on stage with Stephen King. This is one of my favorite Lee Child quotes from that event, again referencing the fact that he writes without an outline:
To find out what’s happening in my Hunt for Jack Reacher Series, check out my newest thriller, Jack and Joe!