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Nick started Nick Thacker in 2017. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Nick Thacker?
I’ve always been a fanatic reader, specifically in the thriller genre. I discovered Dan Brown as a kid, then James Rollins, and I’ve always love action movies that combine adrenaline and history (think National Treasure, Indiana Jones, etc.).
I decided to write a book (my first was called The Golden Crystal, and it has been re-launched as The Atlantis Stone) when my grandfather passed away. He had always been a strong positive influence in my life, and he, my dad, and I often swapped paperbacks we liked. That first book was intended as a gift for my dad for Christmas, and it was going to be the only one I ever wrote -- just to see if I could do it.
I had no idea what I was doing (arguably, I still don’t…). I just thought it would be fun to combine technology with the discovery of Atlantis… in some way. When I got started, I was naive enough to think that books simply happen, but the book very quickly got the best of me. I took a six-month break and consumed as much as I could on the subject of the craft of writing fiction. I’d never really written anything before, so it was an eye-opening experience to learn about structure, plot tropes, character development, and everything else that goes into a good, cohesive story.
I garnered a newfound respect for my favorite authors and got back to work. The result was… okay. It still needed a lot of work, and thanks to a very in-depth editor (who amazingly volunteered to do the work free of charge!), I got the book whipped into good enough shape that I could release it.
The book “launched” (I have to put that word in quotes because I didn’t know anything about launching books then… I just printed a few copies, self-published it on Amazon, and went on with my life) and my dad, of course, absolutely loved it (though he is contractually obligated as my parent to love it). It was -- and is -- a good story, but it was certainly nothing earth-shattering.
I was working a full-time job at a marketing company, so I didn’t look at the book as an income stream. It was just a fun project, and I had the badge of accomplishment that I had done something special. The thing was, while I was writing it, I couldn’t cram all of the other ideas I’d come up with into the story. Those ideas sat in a folder on my computer until I had enough I could string together into a second book.
And that’s where things got interesting. That second book (The Depths) challenged me in completely different ways (I made the protagonist a mother, for one), and then the third book (The Enigma Strain) followed shortly after. That third book seemed to hit a stride, and readers were asking me for a follow-up. I obliged and released The Amazon Code as a sequel to it, and things began to take off.
> The key to me was to never stop building and hacking. I was never happy with the status quo. I hate spending $300/month on email service, so I figured out how to build my own.