Answer: I had my ass kicked for the previous two (well, four, really) decades. (No, they aren’t half-assed 50-page political pamphlets, either.)
That is all.
Just, continual ass kicking. Both having my ass kicked, and kicking back (you have to do the second one, too. And oh yeah: you can’t go get your ass kicked on purpose. Sorry. It kind of works, for some people, but never long term. Take what you have and hold it to the light to find what’s interesting in it; do not, as Jim Goad would put it, pester me with your trauma envy).
There’s LYFE, the first book in my sci-fi series Elektra’s Revenge. Then there’s THE SEINE VENDETTA, published by Jamie Mason’s Rhino Storm Press. Then there’s DISASTER FITNESS, which started as a spoof of a self-help book and changed when I realized that I actually really have great advice on how to stay fit despite being a very sad, angry, and/or traumatized person.
You can get them all here, plus all the books I wrote in previous years.
More later. I’m working on my fourth at my new publication on Medium; here’s chapter one. I’ve decided to do it serial style and then sell the whole volume once it’s all done, cause why the hell not? The publishing/writing industry is in such a state of chaos that the only good strategy is no strategy. Chapter Two lands Monday.