For the last four years I’ve been the finance manager for a defense contractor. During that same time frame I’ve written 9 novels. I’ve been making enough money off of my royalties to be a full time writer for a couple of years now, but I’ve kept my day job because of the security and because it is honestly the best company I’ve ever worked for, with the best boss ever, and I really do love my accounting job.
Last year my boss was Utah small business person of the year, and it was deserved. We’ve got 200 employees in 11 states, and my job was always challenging and interesting.
But there comes a point where you just can’t keep dividing your time. So as of today I’m retiring from defense contracting and I’m just going to be a writer.
This is kind of weird. 🙂
I’m cleaning out my desk. I’ve trained my replacement. And this is it.
Like I said… Weird.
I normally don’t talk about my day job too much on the blog for a couple of reasons. I’m really super politically opinionated, and the people I’m opinionated against are a vindictive, spiteful bunch, so I never wanted any of their petulant rage to come back against my employer, who is awesome.
But I love what I do, I love supporting the military, I love the problem solving and the business stuff, and I love the people I work with. All that will be missed. I won’t miss working for the government, and oh, the inefficient and ridiculous things I could talk about that I’ve witnessed over the last few years, but see the paragraph above.
The plan now is to write more books. Lots and lots and lots of books. And as long as you guys keep liking them enough to buy them, then I’m good to go. In the meantime, if you want to support your favorite author, anything you buy through any of the Amazon links off to the side, I get a refferal bonus. So even if you go through the link for MHI or Grimnoir and end up buying toe nail clippers while you are there, I get a percent. So do that, because nobody likes nasty toe nails anyway.
As of today, I’m retired. (sorta) 😀