C. Craig Coleman
Career ended when a foreign company bought the company I worked for and threw most of the employees out. When my savings disappeared in the tech crash 2000/2001, and with no job prospects, a seed planted more than forty years before germinated. I'd write a book I'd thought about over the years, but never really thought I'd write. I'd make a million.
Yeah, right, It's been a fourteen year saga, learning to write... backwards. While I'll never make a profit, I discovered along the way, I got my reward through the years writing and perfecting the works. Thanks to the professor friend in my youth that casually said one day, "You should write some of this stuff down." That 'seed' germinated nearly half a century later and has grown into a mighty tree.