Lee Child is one of the hottest mystery writers working today. He has sold more than 40 million books in 75 countries, and it all happened by chance.
In the following interview Lee Child shares the story of his life and how he started as an author and created a series admired by many readers all around the world.
James D. “Jim” Grant (born 29 October 1954), primarily known by his pen name Lee Child, is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series. The books follow the adventures of a former American military policeman, Jack Reacher, who wanders the United States. His first novel, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony Award, and the Barry Award for Best First Novel.
After being made redundant from his job due to corporate restructuring, Grant decided to start writing novels, stating they are “the purest form of entertainment.” In 1997, his first novel was published, and he moved to the United States in the summer of 1998.
Grant starts each new installment of his book series on the anniversary day he began writing the first book in the wake of a job loss.
His pen name “Lee” comes from a family joke about a heard mispronunciation of the name of Renault’s Le Car, as ‘Lee Car’. Calling anything ‘Lee’ became a family gag. His daughter, Ruth, was ‘lee child’.