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Bestselling author Lee Child preaches the idea of writing spontaneously. By rejecting traditional outlining and instead drawing on decades of reading experience to write in the moment, he creates stories that feel free-flowing and realistic. Lee is an accomplished thriller writer known for his bestselling Jack Reacher series, following a retired serviceman as he accepts strange jobs across the country. His latest publication, How to Write a Mystery (Scribner), which he edited with Laurie R. King for the Mystery Writers of America, is available today. (Also check out Jon Land’s review for BookTrib here.)

Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world and have sold over one hundred million copies. Two blockbusting Jack Reacher movies have been made so far. He is the recipient of many awards, most recently Author of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The origins of How to Write a Mystery
  • The importance of reading before you write
  • How to trust your own brain
  • Why it’s natural to steal ideas
  • How to incorporate real, organic feelings into your writing


Show Credits
Host: J. D. Barker
Host: J. Thorn
Host: Zach Bohannon
Music: Nicorus
Voice Over: Rick Ganley (recorded at Mill Pond Studio)

In This Episode
Lee Child
Mystery Writers of America
How to Write a Mystery
Story Rubric
Nonfic Rubric
The Career Author Summit 2021

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