This is where I get to talk about me and my desire to be accurate but humble in the same breath. I began writing at a young age and actually believed that I would be the next Hemmingway (without the grisly ending of course). But as with most of us, life had a way of sidetracking me through a long series of failed amours, job choices and bizare career chases . I have done everything imaginable from being in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, working in a hospital, selling women’s shoes to building houses and then selling them. The majority of my working life has been in the real estate field and this last economic crash put and end to all of that and finally has pushed me to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing and that would be to write.
Almost 20 years ago I surrendered to the ugly disease of alcoholism and became a sober member of society. Many revelations became apparent as the fog lifted. I felt I had wasted so many years on my hedonistic quest (oh, don’t get me wrong, it was fun for a while), but all I did was take and I wanted to give back. It was then I began to write and Nick Thomas came alive in my mind and on the pages. First he was a champion of justice, a ex-green beret, ex-cop who could kill with a rolled up newspaper or paperclip–everything that I was not. Over the years of painfull, ugly prose I came to the realization that Nick was not me and he was not real. I realized that if Nick were to be believable, Nick should be me–my alter ego..Nick was re-born.
Nick is me. He is an incurable romantic, spiritual, sensitive and a intuitive street philosopher who serves as a good friend and informal therapist to any or all that will listen. I am a recovering alcoholic and have been for many years.
My wife Kibbi and I live on the beautiful southeastern coast of North Carolina in a sleepy little town called Ocean Isle Beach. We spend many hours walking the beach with our overgrown Golden Retriever, Skyler and thanking God for the life we have today.
As I am writing the second novel in the Nick Thomas Mystery Series, The Devil’s Parody, I am also working on a more serious piece that encompasses the trials of our lives today and the struggle of the human condition in this horrible economic downturn. The main thrust will be how to empower the youth and our children to inherit the mess we are leaving them and to give them hope of a new world. It is possible and I believe that if we all learn how to Pay it Forward, we just might leave the world a better place than we found it. In this I need the help of all of you. I need your ideas, I need your encouragement and dedication. Join my quest and help me make a difference.
So my friends, that is me. Along the way I believe I have become a very unique individual with a strong spiritual and sensitive side. A caring, good natured, bleeding heart who believes he can make a difference in this world through his words and actions and I am asking for your help. Drop me a line, tell me how you feel and how you think we can make a difference.
Hi Tom , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.