What made you decide to become a writer like your father?
This has been answered before, in part. Additionally, I found that I needed a creative outlet. I was always coming up with unusual but creative businesses, while keeping a full-time 9-5 job in the insurance industry, to pay the bills. For example, my wife and I purchased a 1950 Leyland doubledecker London Bus in Los Angeles, and drove it to Seattle, where we converted it into a gift shop. I also had a mail-order record business in which I sold “golden oldie” records all over the world, including to people living in the outback of Australia. Those businesses were interesting and we got a lot of local newspaper publicity for the gift shop in particular, but they were not profitable. Later, when I began to write, I realized that I had found a business with low overhead, something that engaged me creatively and allowed me to still keep my day job until book sales grew to a point where I could write full-time.