1. Did you always want to be a writer?

Not always … I started vaguely thinking about it in about 1989 or 1990, and then I lost my job in 1995 and decided to give it a try.

2. Was it difficult for you to find a publisher for your first book?

No, the first publisher that saw it bought it. But that’s an untypical experience – most writers find it takes a little longer.

3. How was this first book received by the public and the critics?

Fortunately everybody seemed to like it from the start. I was very lucky.

4. Why did you not want to become a lawyer, after studying law?

Who would want to be a lawyer? It’s a very boring job. But it’s an interesting subject to study.

5. Can you give us some anecdotes from when you were working for Granada TV?

Well, where can I start? I once had a picnic lunch on a studio floor with Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and John Geilgud I met Nathalie Wood. I directed the longest newsflash in UK TV history – the SAS assault in Princes Gate.

6. Where do you get the inspiration for your books?

From current events, from history books, from my imagination.

7. Does Jack Reacher resemble your personally in any other way?

He and I are practically twins.

8. You have lived in the UK and now in the USA. Where do you like it best?

The US, for sure. But I don’t really feel at home anywhere – just like Jack Reacher.

9. I have been unemployed for quite some time, and then found the inspiration to write my first book. Did that also work for you?

Definitely. Being broke is the best incentive there is.

10. Mind telling us if you have a favourite book or author?

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron.

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