In the course of his research about Travis McGee and his place in noir fiction, guest blogger Kevin Comer uncovered an engrossing article that JDM wrote for The Writer just months after McGee took his first bow in May of 1964. JDM recounts the arduous process of getting to the McGee we know and love. What’s fascinating is that, at that point in time, the author didn’t know if his great series character would be a success.
“I am keeping an eye on McGee,” he wrote, “and checking up on his progress. What if he doesn’t make it out there? At least I shall be able to stop wondering if it was wise to attempt a series… No matter what I write from now on, McGee will, in one limited sense, be staring over my shoulder, pleasantly skeptical, waiting for the times when I try to make my fictional people do things inconsistent with their identities, and suddenly find them dragging their feet. His smile will be ironic.”
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JDM’s article was originally published in The Writer in 1964 and was reprinted in the July 2008 issue. It’s offered here at no cost with the magazine’s permission. And thanks again to Kevin, for his McGee/noir posts and finding this little gem.