Many of today’s best-selling authors had different working jobs before becoming an author. The jobs that the authors had whether they hated them or liked them have helped in inspiring them into writing best-seller books.

Harper Lee

Before she was a Pulitzer Prize winner for the book ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Harper Lee worked as an airline reservation agent for Eastern Airlines and BOAC (now known as British Airways) in the New York City.

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks, the author of the book The Notebook, worked different jobs before he became a famous author. He sold dental products over the phone, he worked as a waiter and he even tried to start his own manufacturing business.

John Green

John Green was studying to become a minister before he started writing young adult novels. He worked as a chaplain at a children’s hospital. Chaplain’s role at the hospital is to be supportive and serve as a counsellor to patients. The stories of the people he met at the hospital inspired his book Fault In Our Stars.

J. K Rowling

J. K Rowling before writing the iconic Harry Potter series, taught English as a foreign language in Portugal. She later quit teaching and returned to the United Kingdom and started to write the first book of the Harry Potter series ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone’.

Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka worked as a legal clerk, an insurance claims examiner at an insurance office in Prague for most of his life. This job was probably where Kafka got his insane ideas about the bureaucracy surrounding people that makes them feel alienated and depressed.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami, Japanese author of novels, The Norwegian Wood and Kafka On The Shore, studied drama in Tokyo and then later he was a business owner together with his wife. He managed a coffee house and a jazz bar.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created one of the most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes, he was a physician and a surgeon. He had his own ophthalmology practice in London. His career in medicine helped him create many stories and characters, especially Dr. John Watson.

Agatha Christie  

Before Agatha Christie was a famous murder mystery author, she worked as a volunteer at a hospital tending to troops at the beginning of World War I. Her experience later landed her a job as an apothecarie’s assistant at an apothecary.This job helped her gain knowledge about the effects of poison that are referenced in her murder mystery novel.    

John Grisham

Before he made it big as a novelist, the crime fiction author John Grisham who has written novels like A Time To Kill, The Firm and A Time For Mercy among others and who has sold more than 275 million books worldwide , worked as a plumber’s assistant. At some point he decided that an office job would be a dream come true and he decided to become a lawyer.

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Stoker was a theatre manager at the Lyceum Theatre in London between 1878 and 1898 before he wrote the classic novel Dracula.In 1897, the novel Dracula was published. The first theatrical adaptation of the novel was staged at the Lyceum.