KUSA - Lee Child, known for his Jack Reacher novels, just completed his 18th book and isn't planning to stop writing.
The title, 'Never Go Back,' is advice Reacher usually follows. He's all about tomorrow rather than yesterday. However, in this book, Reacher talks to Major Turner, who has his old job and sits at his old desk in his old chair. Reacher has talked to Turner on the phone and is completely fascinated with her. He decides to hitchhike across the country to meet her. But once Reacher arrives to his old headquarters, he realizes it is a disaster. Turner isn't there, Reacher is accused of crimes he doesn't remember and is involved with people he doesn't recall.
The rest of the novel follows Reacher sorting out the problem.
Since this is Child's 18th book, he had to reinvent and top a lot of Reacher's previous experiences. Child says he accomplished that by approaching his writing as a reader.
"I sit there every morning and think, 'What's going to happen next?'" Child said. "I'm excited about it, I don't know, I haven't made a plan. Every day, [Reacher is] in a sticky situation, and I have to figure out how he's going to get out of it."
Child started writing after he was fired from his television job. He wanted to stay in the world of entertainment and found writing was what he was qualified to do.
Child said he's leaving how many more books he will write up to his readers.
"It becomes an emotional contract with the reader," Child said "How much more does the reader want to read?"
He said if the reader wants one every year, he'll continue to write. If the reader's had enough then he's going to go live on the beach and never work again.
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