I'm a bestselling author, most known for my Lust, Money & Murder Series, which now consists of nine books (three trilogies), with more on the way. I also have written some young adult books and a few in other genres. I primarily focus on the e-book market.
This happened with the advent of e-books during the period between 2010 and 2012. Up to that point, I had written a novel every couple years over a period of 20 years, but was never able to work out an acceptable deal with a big publisher. This was largely due to the fact that I write within my own genres (some would say mixed genres), and publishers don't like that because they don't know how to categorize the book for bookstore shelves. Also, I'm very entrepreneurial and don't like the idea of someone else deciding what the title should be, what the cover should look like, or how much it should cost, etc. E-books came along and opened the doors for "authorpreneurs" to make all these decisions by themselves and publish their own books. I saw the opportunity and took advantage.
3. What did you do before you became a writer?
Well, I have been writing since I was a teenager so there was no "before." I studied engineering in school and then became a successful entrepreneur and professor of entrepreneurship, but during all that time I was always writing, first short stories, then novellas, and finally full-length novels. My mom was a good writer and I always knew I wanted to be one, too; it was my long-term goal to become a professional novelist and make a living doing it.