Tom Crosshill’s fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award (thrice), the WSFA Small Press Award and the Latvian Annual Literature Award. He is a winner of the ESFS Award for Best Author and has been a resident at the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa.
Tom is the author of THE CAT KING OF HAVANA — a YA novel of Cuba, salsa and lolcats — and THE CATTLE EXPRESS — a literary novel of Wall Street and Siberia.
To find out more about THE CAT KING OF HAVANA, go to the book’s website Catotrope.com.
To learn more about THE CATTLE EXPRESS and Tom’s other 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. In 2016, he won the European Science Fiction Society Award for Best Author.
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 was published by Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) in September 2016.
Tom’s literary novel “The Cattle Express”, a tale of Wall Street and Siberia, became a #1 best-seller in Latvia. It is now is available in English.