Ahead of Memorial Day, best-selling novelist Jack Carr reveals the military inspiration behind his work

In the case of best-selling novelist and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr, a deep love of family, love of country and love of reading and writing — plus respect for America’s military and veterans — are the opening pages in a fascinating, multi-layered career.

“I knew from a very early age that those were the two things I wanted to do in life — serve my country in uniform, and then write thrillers,” the author, based in Park City, Utah, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview. 

Carr has just released his latest thriller featuring popular series character James Reece — who, not surprisingly, is a former Navy SEAL. 

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The novel, “In the Blood” (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster), came out May 17, 2022.

Here are highlights from a fascinating conversation with Jack Carr just as he was about to go on tour for the new novel

Best-selling novelist Jack Carr served the U.S. as a Navy SEAL — and his grandfather served in World War II as a military aviator. Carr, to this day, has his granddad's medals, wings and silk maps.

Best-selling novelist Jack Carr served the U.S. as a Navy SEAL — and his grandfather served in World War II as a military aviator. Carr, to this day, has his granddad’s medals, wings and silk maps. (Megan Rudloff)

Given his dedication to the military and all who have served our country — including his own grandfather, a military aviator who died in the waning days of World War II — it seems no accident the book is out just ahead of Memorial Day this year. 

Fox News Digital: How do you write so many books? You’ve written “The Terminal List,” “True Believer,” “Savage Son,” “The Devil’s Hand” — now your newest, “In the Blood.” How do you do it?

Jack Carr: It’s exhausting! Oh my gosh! It’s crazy. (laughs) But when you have a series character, that’s what people want now. 

“Today, people really want a recurring series character, so that’s what you gotta deliver.”

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