When one Michigan couple fell into financial trouble last summer, instead of giving up, they got creative.
Jack and Jasinda Wilder (their noms de plume), who live with their five children in a suburb of Detroit, were faced with losing their home after a series of setbacks affected their jobs and paychecks. First, their youngest son became ill, according to CBSNews.com, which forced Jack to leave a teaching program, and then Jasinda's salary took a hit after a program at her school was eliminated.
"You can't really show up at somebody's house, even our parents, with a family of seven, like, 'Can we sleep on your couch?'" she told CBS News.
So what did the couple do?
They started writing—and writing and writing. Jack and Jasinda wrote roughly 20 romance e-books in six months that they then self-published.
"I think we showered three times," Jasinda told the news outlet.
The couple kept publishing—and earning a new kind of living. But it wasn't until this past spring, when their novel Falling Into You hit e-bookstores, that they reached a new level of success.
The book, about a girl whose "first true love" dies, vaulted to No. 1 on Amazon and made it onto the New York Times bestseller list, as well.
And not only did the couple not lose their house, they've sold almost a million e-books in less than a year.