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Who was that author....? (1 Viewer)



On MSNBC (or CNN?) about a month or two ago, I saw a short segment on a man who was a janitor. He'd taken his son to see "Lord of the Rings" and afterwards his son said to him "oh dad, you could never write a story like that, you're just a janitor" and so the man took issue with that, sat down to write, and ended up writing a popular book for children or young adults... a fantasy book. But I can't remember who it was or the name of the book and web searches aren't finding it.
Does anyone know the story I am relating or who the author is?
Thanks! :)