As he wasn't a successful author until later in his life, he found it hard to make a living.
On his farm, he grew apples, cherries, and walnuts.
He would take his apples to market,but never had much luck selling all of them. Those that he didn't sell, he would make cider from.
He would take this cider to market, and it didn't sell to greatly either.
He then added a bit of brandy to this cider, and he sold every bottle of the first batch in less than 2 hours.
A star was born.