TCB book The Millionaire Prisoner has enabled thousands of prisoners across America to succeed by providing a never before provided blueprint for success. Whether showing prisoners how to legally make money from their cells or obtaining free money for correspondence courses, whether becoming an expert on any topic, how to develop the habits of the rich or network with celebrities, The Millionaire Prisoner reveals those secrets and much, much more. Here, I sit down with the author of the book, Josh Kruger, to learn more about him, his secrets, and exactly what “The Millionaire Prisoner” means.

Mike: Introduce yourself to our readers, who are you, where are you from?

My name is Josh Kruger, aka The Millionaire Prisoner, and I’m from Danville, Illinois.

What was it like growing up in Danville?

I grew up in the projects, and at a young age, I joined a gang. Life wasn’t as hard as, say, in a big city ghetto, but despite this, I got locked up at a young age.

When and why did you start writing?

I originally started writing in the form of letters, to pen pals. Many pen pals would tell me my writing was interesting and I should write a book. I started writing for an actual publication about 12 years ago. I wanted to be productive, leave a legacy for my daughter, and make a little money.

What genre or genres do you write?

I write nonfiction how-to and self-help books and articles. 

As a writer, who are your inspirations?

My inspirations are Dan Kennedy, Brian Tracy, and Anthony Robbins. 

How would you describe your writing style?

I’d say my writing style is conversational. I try to write as if I was talking to you one on one, face to face.

What books have you written?

So far, I’ve written 4 books: The Millionaire Prisoner, Cellpreneur, Pen Pal Success, and Celebrity Female Star Power.

What have you learned since writing your first book?

Never give up and never stop writing. Write about what you love so it doesn’t seem like work, even though it is.

What are your writing goals?

My goal as a writer is to help someone escape the fate of a life in prison and change their financial future.

What’s the secret to your success?

I do a lot of research and I write every day for 10 hours a day. 

What would you say to someone who wants to do what you do?

I’d say pick a topic, read the latest 4 bestsellers on that topic, then put your own spin on it and write a book better than those. If you’re a novelist, then like Stephen King says, you need to read a lot of books.

What are your favorite 3 books?

Money: Master the Game by Toby Robbins; No B.S. Guide to Wealth Attraction by Dan S. Kennedy; and The Four-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.

OK, so The Millionaire Prisoner is a favorite among prisoners nationwide. For those who don’t know, what exactly does “The Millionaire Prisoner” mean?

It means that mentally, physically, and financially you do not have to depend on others to succeed. You are willing to go get it for yourself. You don’t sit in your cell and complain about your circumstances. Instead, you do the things others prisoners won’t do. Real wealth is total health in mind, body and spirit.

Describe what the TMP brand is about.

It’s about getting you to a level where you don’t have to worry about commissary money, or mail call, or anything like that. Where you have money coming in legally and knowing that when you walk out these gates you don’t have to go work at McDonald’s if you don’t want to. And you don’t have to go back to the trap, either, because you know a better way.

How does one become a “Millionaire Prisoner”?

By putting your ideas into practice. By getting up every day with one main goal and accomplishing that goal, every single day. By networking with other people outside of your normal comfort zone of influence. And last, but not least, by never taking “No” for an answer. Just go get it!

What’s a typical day like for you?

When I wake up, I get out of bed immediately, make my bed, brush my teeth and wash my face. That little act signals to my body that it’s time to get it. Then I review my “To Do” list, which I make out the night before, and begin working on the most important item on my list. I used to do the easiest first, but that’s wrong. Do the most important first, even if it’s the hardest. I read at night while watching sports or listening to music. My day time is usually spent writing or doing legal work. I try to work on projects that have the potential to bring in thousands of dollars in the future for many years to come.

What are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m working on several books in the “TMP” brand, including a sports gambling book, another pen pal book, and a stock market book.

What last words would you like to leave?

No matter if you’re a writer, artist, or whatever, never give up. Don’t pay attention to the haters. Real success can be had, even from a prison cell, if you just keep going.

Mike Enemigo is America’s #1 incarcerated author with over 25 books published and many more on the way. He specializes in writing about prison, street crime, and how-to books for prisoners. Learn more about Mike and his books, including The Millionaire Prisoner with Josh Kruger, at thecellblock.net, where you can also follow his blog. Follow Mike on IG @mikeenemigo, FB @thecellblockofficial, and Twitter @TCB_Media.