Goodreads asked Homer Hickam:

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Homer Hickam Of all the things I've done in my life, I'm happiest when I write. Because of my memoir Rocket Boys and especially the movie October Sky, a lot of people think I'm principally an engineer or a scientist. This is frustrating. What they don't know is that I've been a successful writer nearly all my life and that Rocket Boys/October Sky only happened because I was already known for my writing, especially my first book, Torpedo Junction. I explained all that in my Kindle Single (also a paperback) "From Rocket Boys to October Sky." Writing has always been a passion. My grade school teachers copied my short stories and shared them with the Jr. High School students & teachers. They told me I'd someday make my living as a writer and they were right. It's just that I had a passion also to build rockets & for that I needed to learn engineering. But I minored in English and my engineering professors agreed with my grade school teachers. I was going to be a better writer than an engineer! I wrote about that, a little, in "Sky of Stone." Anyway, being a writer has given me a great deal of freedom, a steady income over the years, and, in the case of Rocket Boys/October Sky, an amazing amount of fan mail telling me that those works have inspired many people to go forth and do great things.

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