"Groom was in his early 30s and a newspaper reporter at the Washington Star in Washington, D.C. when he made a bold, life changing decision. "(I asked myself) ‘Am I going to want to do this the rest of my life?’ And the answer that came to me was no. I wanted to write a novel and, I had for a long time.” Groom said. After deciding writing a novel was his chosen path, Groom resigned from the Washington Star. “What I considered bold about it was that I told everybody I was going to do it because I was going to write a novel," Groom remembers. Groom said he knew that if he failed, going back would be embarrassing, and perhaps not even possible. But, he said he didn't want to be a good "old" reporter. "There were always old guys, very good old reporters. And if you would look in their desk, you would probably find an unfinished novel, manuscript. He said he didn’t want to be that guy, so he saved some money and made a clean break from the reporting business."
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