this is a interview with andy mcnab and he explians what he does to write his books
this little bit of information i found
source radio 4
Andy McNab explains to Mariella Frostrup why he jumps on the furniture holding a tape recorder when writing his successful thrillers. How did the man who left school with a reading age of 11 write Bravo Two Zero and Immediate Action, both best-selling accounts of his time in the SAS, and then move on to fiction? Plus - why do some writers use brand names in their novels? Open Book investigates!
I litened to it when first broadcast and may have audio tape - pm me if you would like to borrow copy. Wasn't particularly thrilling - he said he jumped up and down on the sofa and ran around the sitting room acting out the plot or some such nonsense. It may be his desert island discs I taped - will check tonight if you are interested. He has appalling taste in music by the way
I decided that the B20 book was ghost written in about 3 pages PUNCTUATION and STYLE (he's talking to you) and imagined our mustachioed hero sitting over many cups of coffee providing the gen to the writer.
When his fiction books started coming out suitably laced with more F words than you can shake a stick at and talking about technical stuff I decided that they might be more him. Regardless of the boundary between 'well edited' and 'ghost' wherever that may be his books are good fun and I enjoy them lots, especially now that Nick Stone's 'god-child' got slotted near Stansted..
On the Ryan front, not to re-open an old argument but there are some serious green army and/or technical errors and turning up - I wonder if he's even reading his own books before they go to the printers?
Of course Andy McNab has a ghost writer! Besides I have it on very good authority, my better half used to run a bookshop in Hereford she assures me he does! She did say he was a 'bit of a short a=#e with short man syndrome' LOL