Tom Crosshill’s fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award (thrice), the WSFA Small Press Award and the Latvian Annual Literature Award. He has been a resident at the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa. He is the author of THE CAT KING OF HAVANA — a YA novel of Cuba, salsa and lolcats — published by Katherine Tegen Books.
To find out more about THE CAT KING OF HAVANA, go to the book’s website Catotrope.com.
To learn more about Tom’s works, visit Fiction.
Tom Crosshill grew up in Riga, Latvia. As a child he subsisted on a diet of Heinlein, McCaffrey and Tolkien. Having verified that every science fiction book published in his own language would fit on a single bookshelf, he had no alternative but to learn English at an early age.
Tom made his first writing friends at the Del Rey Online Writing Workshop in the late nineties. He traveled to the U.S. to study physics at Reed College and decided to stick around for a few years after graduation. While living in New York he joined the wonderful writers’ group Altered Fluid.
Today Tom lives wherever his adventures take him. In the past decade, he has operated a nuclear reactor, toiled on Wall Street, directed a play, worked inside a zinc mine and spent a year in Cuba studying folkloric dance.
Since winning the Writers of the Future Contest in 2009, Tom has sold stories to such magazines as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed. Three of his stories — “Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son”, “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes” and “The Magician and Laplace’s Demon” — have been nominated for the Nebula Award. His work has also been nominated for the Latvian Annual Literature Award and the WSFA Small Press Award.
While at the University of Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Program, Tom wrote the young adult novel “The Cat King of Havana”. The novel tells the story of Rick Gutierrez — a Cuban-American teenager who goes to Havana to explore his family’s roots, learn salsa and romance the girl of his dreams. The book is forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) in September 2016.
Tom’s YA fiction is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Tom is also a public speaker and business coach. For more information, visit his business website.