Best-selling novelist of espionage thrillers Tom Clancy died Tuesday in Baltimore at the age of 66. A former insurance agent, he sold his first novel The Hunt for Red October to the Naval Institute Press for only $5,000. After the book’s publication in 1985, he was propelled to fame and fortune. And when President Ronald Reagan received a copy, he called it “my kind of yarn.” But Mr. Clancy said “writing isn’t divinely inspired – it’s hard work. You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right.” Seventeen of his novels were No. 1 on the New York Times‘ best seller lists, including his 2012 release Threat Vector. And his books including Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, and Clear and Present Danger were made into successful Hollywood films. His last book Command Authority is due to be published in December. Read the entire NYT obituary here. And check the EPL catalog for his works.