25. V. (1963)
Author: Thomas Pynchon
Here's another example of strange inspiration. After graduating from Cornell, Pynchon went to work for Boeing as a technical writer. The corporate structure at Boeing would inspire the "Yoyodyne" corporation that would appear in both V. and The Crying of Lot 49. The success of V. allowed him to quit working for Boeing and "flirt with the lifestyle and some of the habits of the Beat and hippie countercultures," which sounds to us like living the dream.
Unlike many young writers, Pynchon has gone on to enjoy a prolific career. On January 4th it was announced via Twitter that Pynchon plans on publishing a new novel, entitled The Bleeding Edge.