Chris Babu, who ran government-backed mortgage-bond trading at Deutsche Bank until 2016, has gotten used to funny looks when people hear about his career change.
“You’re nuts,” Babu says old colleagues sometimes tell him. “Get a job that’s going to pay you a lot of money.”
He’s hoping, of course, that he’s done just that. Babu’s debut novel, “The Initiation,” will be released this month by Permuted Press, which specializes in end-of-days and other sci-fi themes. “The Hunger Games” for nerds is how Babu describes the novel, the first in a three-book deal the publisher called its biggest release ever. Babu says he’s spending a “not insignificant” amount of his own money to get the word out.
“The general reaction was, ‘That’s a cool thing you’re doing,’” Babu said, despite the occasional questioning of his sanity. “A lot of people didn’t take me seriously. They were surprised that I stuck with it.”
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