We were almost finished with a year of house-sitting for my sister-in-law when we decided to host a murder mystery party. Navigating online, I was dismayed by the ‘groovy’ and dated mystery kits available. But I was a writer, wasn’t I? And why did I have to wait until I was a bestselling author to create complimentary merchandise? As a (then) unpublished author, I had scoured articles outlining the paltry incomes of the average writer and knew that making a living of my pen alone would be difficult if I wanted to leave my PR job.