Bankrate: Did you have a nest egg stashed away to get you started?
Barbara Parker: No. When I knew I wanted to write, I realized that my financial future would be seriously in jeopardy, so I sold my house in Miami Lakes and moved into a small apartment. I was going through a divorce at the same time; it was rather trying actually. I just downsized because I knew that I had to put everything I could into my work and if I had to carry a lot of expenses at the same time, I just wouldn’t succeed. This happened between 1985 and 1989, when I sold my first book. Those four years, it was a process of shedding everything I had and deciding to write. Now that I look back, I don’t even know how I supported myself! What an idiot! But it all worked out.
When you change careers, downsize to make ends meet.