You may know the name Michael Lewis already. Princeton grad, lives in California, published author, etc. If you don’t know the name then you probably know his most famous work, Moneyball. Most people know the film adaptation that was made within the past 5 years with superstar Brad Pitt starring as the lead. For me, it was a story about one of the greatest changes in trends in the history of sports and that is what drew me in. what drew Michael Lewis in to the world of writing was his passion. In his time at Princeton, he fell in love with writing and knew he wanted to pursue career. His initial inspiration was John McPhee, who would go research a book for a period of time and then come back and write it and that was the life Lewis wanted. When he wrote his first book, he describes it as a dumb risk. He left a decent paying job on Wall Street to go write a book and it lucked out for him to be a success. But he describes his experience at Wall Street that made him take that leap as almost suffocating. There is the pressure to keep the corporate job and sell out and it drains the creativity and spark from you. He had to take a chance and let out that pent up creativity and desire for writing.
Source: Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do