In short, after those initial rejections -- both of his mystery novel and of the retyped Kosinski book -- he has managed to make a lifelong career out of the written word. Along the way, he got married and has four children.
"I have no regrets at all," he said.
He never did have a book published; he's certain that the mystery novel he wrote in the '70s is stored in a box or trunk somewhere -- "I don't throw things away" -- but he hasn't seen it in years.
It doesn't matter. He wanted to find a good life as a writer, and he did.
And the initial turn-downs are what, in their own unexpected way, helped him to find it.
"Sometimes," he said, "it takes a little luck."
And sometimes, things have a way of working out.
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