No matter where they are now,  almost every successful author started out balancing their craft with a day job, just like the rest of us. John Grisham worked as a lawyer, Stephen King was a teacher and J.K. Rowling finished the first Harry Potter manuscript on a manual typewriter while living on state benefits. In the self-publishing  world, poster child Hugh Howey worked as a yacht captain and a bookstore clerk before his author career took off.

Author Origins is a series of interviews with writers who have made the transition to full time author careers.  Here, they’ll share how they went from zero to hero and how you can too.

Author Origins: Michael Anderle

Note from D_Sidd: Michael Anderle exploded onto the indie author scene with a fast-paced, no holds barred approaching to publishing. Calling him an overnight success wouldn’t do justice to the sheer amount of work he’s put in, but Michael has made a lot of progress over a short period of time because he’s not afraid to […]

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Author Origins: Ben Hale

An avid snowboarder from Utah, Ben Hale grew up with a passion for learning. This thirst for knowledge led him to sports, music, and academic endeavors. After a year of college, he did volunteer work in Brazil and became fluent in three languages. Graduating from the University of Central Florida, he started and ran several […]

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Author Origins: Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson is speculative fiction author writing thrillers, science fiction, and contemporary fantasy. His latest thriller, The Coelho Medallion, is available on Amazon and has already thrilled readers and reviewers. You can learn more about Kevin from his website—kevintumlinson.com. Introduction: Tell us who you are, why you decided to be an author and where you’re […]

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Author Origins: Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. He now writes full-time. Formerly he was a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say […]

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Author Origins: Brian Rathbone

Brian Rathbone is a bit odd. Fitting in has never really been his thing. He tried it once — it didn’t work out; neither did high school. After getting his GED and leaving the life of a professional horse trainer, Brian went to work at a nuclear plant, and then a convenience store, a gas […]

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Author Origins: Jacqueline Garlick

Jacqueline Garlick is an author of young adult, adult, and women’s fiction. She loves strong heroines, despises whiny sidekicks, and adores a good story about a triumphant underdog. (Doesn’t everyone?)  Her edgy, rule-breaking, Tim Burton-esque style of writing has earned her the nickname…the Quentin Tarantino of YA…among close writing friends. In her former life, Jacqueline was […]

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Author Origins: Justin Sloan

Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter. He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. He has published such novels as Back by Sunrise and Teddy Bears in Monsterland, and non-fiction such as Creative […]

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Author Origins: Joseph Lallo

Joseph Lallo, though having written several novels, was slow to consider himself an author. Educated at NJIT, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, the world of Information Technology is where most of his bills were paid until Sept of 2014 when he finally became a full-time author. His books include the popular […]

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Author Origins: Lindsay Buroker

Lindsay Buroker is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered. You can find her at http://www.lindsayburoker.com where she blogs about her adventures in self-publishing and shares character interviews and excerpts from her latest […]

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Author Origins: Michael Fletcher

Michael R. Fletcher is a science fiction and fantasy author. His novel, Beyond Redemption, a work of dark fantasy and rampant delusion, is being published by HARPER Voyager and is slated for release June 16th, 2015. His début novel, 88, a cyberpunk tale about harvesting children for their brains, was released by Five Rivers Publishing […]

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Author Origins: Anthony Ryan

Anthony Ryan is the New York Times best selling author of the Raven’s Shadow epic fantasy novels as well as the Slab City Blues science fiction series. He was born in Scotland in 1970 but spent much of his adult life living and working in London. After a long career in the British Civil Service […]

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Author Origins: Jen Williams

Jennifer Williams is a fantasy writer and Lego obsessive who spends much of her time frowning at notebooks in cafes and fiddling with maps of imaginary places. She is represented by Juliet Mushens of the Agency group, and is partial to mead, if you’re buying. Her debut Fantasy novel, The Copper Promise, and the sequel, […]

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Author Origins: David Wright

David Wright is the bestselling horror and sci-fi co-author of the Yesterday’s Gone and WhiteSpace series, and a cartoonist. He is also one third of The Self-Publishing Podcast with Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. You can find him at www.DavidwWright.com, www.CollectiveInkwell.com and www.SelfPublishingPodcast.com Introduction: Tell us who you are, how and why you decided to […]

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Author Origins: Sean Platt

“The Alchemist” of the Sterling & Stone trio, Sean Platt is also the founder of Guy Incognito, co-founder of Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands and a co-host on the Self-Publishing Podcast. From designing story worlds to Sterling &Stone’s website, he does a bit of everything. Sean loves it all, but telling stories is his favorite, and he […]

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Author Origins: Johnny B. Truant

“The Architect” of the Sterling and Stone trio, Johnny B. Truant is also the co-founder of Sterling and Stone’s Realm & Sands imprint and the host of the Self-Publishing Podcast. Before Realm & Sands, Johnny wrote the Fat Vampire series and The Bialy Pimps. Then, co-author Sean Platt convinced him it was way more fun to write […]

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Author Origins: Michael Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan is a publishing veteran, using a wide range of tools including: self, small-press, big-five, Kickstarter, print-only, foreign translations, and audio to get his stories “out there.” His best-selling debut series, The Riyria Revelations, was released by Hachette Book Group, has sold more than half a million copies, been translated into fifteen foreign […]

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Author Origins: Ben Galley

Ben Galley is a young  author from sunny England. Ben has been writing since he was old enough to be trusted with a pencil, which, and if you know Ben personally you’ll know why, was somewhere in his early teens. Now of course, he’s much more responsible, and has moved from the pencil to the self-publishing world. He is […]

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Author Origins: Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light. Timebound, […]

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Author Origins: Blake Atwood

Blake Atwood is a freelance editor and writer at EditFor.me and the author of The Gospel According to Breaking Bad. He’s proofread Texas legislation, led communications for a large church, written copy for a law firm, and edited hundreds of articles for a niche content marketing platform. Today, he offers affordable editing and writing services […]

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