Ned Ryun: I’m always fascinated with origin stories, on where something all began. So I have to ask: how did you become an author? Where did it begin?
Brad Thor: For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an author. I didn’t pursue it until my thirties, though, because I was afraid of failing. It wasn’t until my wife asked me on our honeymoon, “What would you regret on your deathbed never having accomplished?” That was when I committed to becoming a writer. When we returned home, I began spending two hours a day working on my debut novel, The Lions of Lucerne. If it wasn’t for the support of my wife and her belief in me, I don’t know if I ever would have taken the plunge.
NR: I’m a big fan of your books, and one of the reasons is that I can absolutely see what you write about taking place right now in the real world. Can you talk a little about your research process and sources?