As a big reader, G. Michael Hopf had a great desire to explore the world and have adventures.
In his journey to find adventure, he joined the Marines. After serving during the Gulf War, Hopf left the Marines and became sought to become a commercial diver.
However, a near death experience led him to reconsider his career. With help from his father, Hopf found a new direction working as a private security detailer.
During all of these adventures, he was always dabbling in writing. From journaling to short stories, Hopf kept in touch with his love of telling stories.
After just dabbling with writing and self-publishing an illustrated children’s book, Hopf was inspired to try writing a novel. He decided to stop being a dabbler and make writing his job.
Working on a novel while still working was not easy, but Hopf found the process fun and interesting. But in the end, all the effort had been worth it when his book suddenly hit peak sales.
Noticing the success of Hopf’s novel, Amazon offered a pre-order option for a second novel. This sequel hit best-seller on Amazon as soon as the pre-orders were opened. This event led him to get signed by the largest publisher in the world: Penguin Random House.
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Found this pic while digging through a box in the garage. Taken near the end of the summer training package for Mountain Warfare school in Bridgeport, CA. Some of the best and most fun training I ever did. By the end I had lost 19 pounds I didn’t need to lose but I was a machine, I could hump for miles with a hundred pound pack, free climb, rappel a cliff, zip line across a raging river and skin a rabbit with only my teeth. #marines #marinecorps #mountainwarfaretraining #mountainwarfare
Hopf shared advice to Veterans and civilians alike on how to become an author:
• Stop dabbling and just write
• Don’t be too analytical
• Don’t be afraid to self-publish
• Celebrate when you finish your draft
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Michelle Cannon is a podcast intern with the VA’s Digital Media Engagement Team. She is a graduate student at Liberty University studying Professional Writing.