Inviting you to
The Happy Experience That is, Tom Gnagey
Writer, Speaker, Teacher, Ham
Author, Tom Gnagey, is a jolly old elf – oh, no, that’s Santa. Well, they are both known to be jolly and OLD! Tom would like to think that his nearly 100 novels and self-help books, and many hundreds of short stories could fill a Santa-size bag – except they are now all e-books and he knows of no e-bag into which he might try to e-stuff them (and then there is the added conundrum of e-Comet and e-Cupid, et al. (Tom thinks in off-the-wall-ways like that – and that’s only in his more lucid moments!)
Tom writes under several pen names – one for each genre: Garrison Flint (Mystery), David Drake (children, teens), Marc Miller (Ozark Mountain ghost stories/mysteries), Grampa Gray (foolishness for seniors), Bonnie Brewster (family romance - and, yes, it’s hard to explain the full, white beard at Bonnie’s book signings! The pill box hat and veil seem to fool very few.).
Santa, that is Tom, writes at his modest Arkansas Ozarks home every day, having been quoted as saying, “I would write every day whether anybody else ever read a word of it or not; writing is my passion, my sustenance, as necessary to me as the air I breathe. I make no claim to be a Hemingway or Clancy or London. I write what interests me in ways I have found many folks enjoy. That seems like the quintessential Win-Win to me.”
Tom is an unabashed ‘ham’. He enjoys speaking to groups of all ages and occasionally ‘performs’ (some would say ‘teaches’) creative writing classes. He bases his writing, like his life, on positive social values (not to be confused with any genre of religious teachings) and believes man’s bottom-line social purpose is to take really, really good care of each other.
After receiving four, university degrees, Tom’s early adult life was shared among several endeavors: A child and family clinical psychologist in private practice, a special educator, a parent and foster parent, a developer of tests and teaching material for special needs youngsters, and a writer. Now that he has reached middle age (76 according to Tom) he also spends some time painting, sculpting, and volunteering in child-help programs (and, of course, playing Santa in late December).
Tom is eager to speak with your group – large or small, young or old, readers or writers (even to those who just show up for the cookies and punch!). He will choose a topic to present, talk to a topic you suggest, or – his favorite thing – will respond to questions the folks in attendance have always wanted to ask a captive writer. He never charges a fee, but does require transportation to and from (and lodging and meals if required). He enjoys appearing as a fund raising event for worthy causes – schools, libraries, save the reindeer promotions.
An annotated list (with cover photos) of Tom’s nearly 100 current e-books can and may be perused at TomsBookNook.com/e-books.html. [By the way, his last name is pronounced Neigh (as in horse sound) gēē (as in geese). He understands that is sometimes remembered as horse feathers, but he responds to that as well!]
Contact Tom at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put PROGRAM on the subject line (unless you are from Publisher’s Clearing House and then a few dollar signs will suffice!).