M.J. Rose is an international best-selling author of eleven novels. She is also a founding member and board member of the International Thriller Writers.
One night in 2006, on the LeeChild.com message board, I stumbled upon a discussion about who would win in a match up--Barry Eisler's John Rain or Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
The banter quickly evolved--or devolved--from a discussion about the two character's strengths to their sex lives. Or their author's sex lives. Or their author's hair. It all got very confusing.
But mostly it got me thinking.
Wouldn't it be interesting if my character, Dr. Morgan Snow, a top NYC sex therapist, got these tough guys on the couch and analyzed them.
In three psychological suspense novels (The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex and The Venus Fix) Snow worked with all kinds of patients: frustrated husbands, disappointed wives, judges, politicians, prostitutes, pimps and teenagers.
Why not some heroes?
Why not get John Rain and Jack Reacher into therapy? After all, Tony Soprano saw Dr. Melfi for nine years.
And not just those two guys, but what about Steve Berry's Cotton Malone--another macho male hero who Dr. Snow and I thought could benefit from some quality shrink time.
So this past summer I asked Lee, Barry and Steve if I could borrow their characters and write short stories putting Reacher, Rain and Malone on Dr. Snow's couch.
All three creators told me they couldn’t imagine their characters ever going to see a sex therapist. But agreed I could try.
Emailing the stories to each of these NYT best-selling writers was nerve wracking. I hoped, but didn’t dare expect, that they’d approve of what I’d done.
Thanks to their generosity, you can see the results in, In Session.
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