Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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Returning guest Andrew Child makes an appearance to discuss his new Jack Reacher book, No Plan B. The third Reacher book he’s collaborated on with brother Lee Child, Andrew walks through the extent of his planning and editing process, the pros and cons of writing with a sibling, and his afterthoughts of the book’s outcome. Andrew is the critically-acclaimed author of ten standalone novels, including Die Twice and Even. To preorder No Plan B, releasing October 25th, follow the link below.


Andrew Grant was born in Birmingham, England in May 1968. He went to school in St Albans, Hertfordshire and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company which showcased a range of original material to local, regional and national audiences. Following a critically successful but financially challenging appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Andrew moved into the telecommunications industry as a ‘temporary’ solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles – including a number which were covered by the UK Official Secrets Act – Andrew escaped from corporate life, and established himself as the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Even, Die Twice, More Harm Than Good, RUN, False Positive, False Friend, False Witness, Invisible, and Too Close To Home. Andrew is married to novelist Tasha Alexander, and lives on a wildlife preserve in Wyoming, USA.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How Andrew turns a “sense or feeling” into a story
  • His process for choosing a setting
  • What it’s like writing with your brother
  • How he wrote collaboratively during COVID-19


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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. Fascinated by how well the brothers work together. I have two brothers and I doubt we could agree on what day it is…
    I love listening to pantsers discuss the way they write because it helps me to understand how I write. On my wip (a 3 book LOTR homage) I am writing 1K+ a day and when I sit down to write I have no idea where the story is going, it jumps into my head as I type. I know the ending of all 3 books and I know one or two key scenes because they have also jumped into my head – I guess that’s a result of a lifetime of reading.
    Great show today.

    1. J. Thorn

      2 years ago  

      I think its fascinating that they can both write at that level. Thanks for listening!

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