I’m not the only one who forgets Jack Reacher isn’t real! Michael Connelly, who writes the great Heironymus Bosh detective novels, was interviewed in the books section of the Wall Street Journal last Friday. He was asked, “Who would win a fist fight between Harry and Jack Reacher?”  Connelly:  I don’t think Harry would get in a fight with Jack Reacher, unless you’re talking about the Tom Cruise Jack Reacher. Harry could probably take out Tom Cruise, but the real Jack Reacher is 6’5″ and lives for hand-to-hand combat. Harry would be an idiot to even tangle with him.”

See? Don’t you have a handful of characters who are real to you?  For me, Jack Aubrey and Steven Maturin (Patrick O’Brian’s sea novels) are as real as the guys next door. And I’ve spent more time with Aubrey and Maturin, too.  And . . . what’s up with casting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? Really?

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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  1. Jessica says:

    I love the Patrick O’Brian books too!

    To me, Mma Ramotswe from The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has such warmth and kindess to her that she feels like an old friend every time I pick up one of those books.

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