While unemployed and midway through writing the first novel with the character as yet unnamed, Lee Child visited his local supermarket with his wife. An elderly lady approached him and asked him to reach an item off a high shelf for her. His wife commented: “Hey if this writing thing doesn’t work out, you can be a reacher in a supermarket.”
This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. Jack Reacher is called Jack Reacher because the guy who wrote the Jack Reacher books reached for a thing once. No, really.
Can’t wait to read more stories about Jack Reacher and his friends John Mopper and Fred Milkdoublebagger.