All I could think of while reading this was "This is news? This guy is surprised by the response?"
Lee Child is one of my favorite authors; I've read all thirteen of the Jack Reacher novels. I didn't know that Reacher was born out of Child's being laid off from a movie production company, however. Or if I did, I'd forgotten. Here is an inspiring piece by Child about that experience, offering hope for those worried about losing their job, or already have.