Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a public librarian living near NYC, with two books (“Where Do the Children Play?” and “In Elysian Fields”) published between October 2018 and July 2019.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“In Elysian Fields,” a love story between a famous American ball player and a brilliant female poet, was inspired by Malamud’s “The Natural,” Leigh Montville’s bio of Ted Williams, Millier’s bio of Elizabeth Bishop, and John R. Tunis’ “The Kid from Tomkinsville”
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not really, I try to write every day and work on more than 1 project at a time
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Thoreau / Walden
Gaddis / The Recognitions
Samuel Beckett’s Collected Works
Flannery O’Connor’s Collected Works
Thomas Bernhard / Gathering Evidence
Robert Coover / Universal Baseball Association
What are you working on now?
I’m on the second draft of a sequel to my first novel, am working on a longer novel, and a book length poem about 60s music
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Word Press author website www.thome2040.com
Facebook author page Tom’s Books
Do you have any advice for new authors?
read read read write write write
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t write until you can’t not write (William Faulkner)
What are you reading now?
Theft, a novel by BK Loren
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
Pierre by Herman Melville
What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to begin a collaboration with a fellow writer on a screenplay for my first novel
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Complete Poems of Thomas Hardy
I Can’t Go on I’ll Go on, an anthology of Beckett’s writings
The Bible (KJV Red Letter Edition)
Leaves of Grass