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Celebrity Q&A

Michael Connelly

Author (“The Overlook,” “Echo Park”)

Fame & Fortune Q&A:
Bankrate: What convinced you to make the break from your newspaper job?
Michael Connelly: I had a figure of what we would need to survive for a year, and I always wanted to be able to have three years’ worth of money coming in. The first time that happened was with “The Poet,” my fifth book. The deal I got on “The Poet,” plus selling it to Hollywood, I knew I could last three to four years, even if everything went south, before I would have to go knock on the door at newspapers looking for a job.

Lesson learned: 
Have three years’ worth of money saved for security.
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