Novelist, screenwriter, playwright, Tom was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS series, Murder, She Wrote, for which he wrote 24 episodes. Edgar & Emmy-nominated, Tom has sold then written 9 TV series pilots, 100 episodes - both comedy and drama. He has been Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series. To introduce himself to Hollywood, Tom wrote, directed & independently produced the feature film comedy, Alice Goodbody. It led to his first gig: pitching then writing a comedy pilot for CBS.
Tom's documentary, Reunion, was honored by the New York Film Festival, the Rochester and Edinburgh Festivals, and received national theatrical release.
Tom is co-librettist/lyricist of JACK, a Musical Drama about John F. Kennedy, that has been performed to acclaim in the US and Europe.
His first novel: the bestselling conspiracy thriller about the JFK assassination, The Sixteenth Man. Tom's second thriller, the bestselling No Place to Run, deals with the conspiracy behind 9/11.
Cross Purposes, Tom's latest mystery/thriller, made Kings River Life Magazine's Best Books of 2014! The first in a series about Barney Moon, born-bred New York P.I. w/attitude who doesn't drive and is stuck in L.A. -- a place he definitely doesn't get.
He publishes Storybase 2.0 writer's software which, along with his book, Fiction Writing Demystified, is a Writers Digest Book Club Selection.
Tom has taught writing at UCLA, at other colleges and universities, at numerous major writers conferences, and currently online at Screenwriters University where he teaches MAKE IT SIZZLE! Fire Up Your Screenplay or Novel in 4 Weeks!
Tom also offers one-on-one consulting on Screenplays and Teleplays, providing detailed comment, analysis and alternate suggestions.