Bestselling novelist/author, screenwriter, playwright, former illustrator, Tom was Showrunner/Head Writer 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 Showrunner/Head Writer or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series.
The Art of the REAL Tom Sawyer, by Leif Peng & Ana Vlahovic, celebrates Tom's first career, beautifully displaying hundreds of his illustrations, starting with his comic-book for Stan Lee.
Tom's exciting memoir, THE ADVENTURES OF THE REAL TOM SAWYER, and its entertaining companion book, 9 BADASS Secrets for Putting Yourself in Luck's Way have received great reviews! Kings River Life Magazine featured Tom's memoir on its list of Best Books of the Year: "The one non-fiction book I reviewed this year was an absolute treat - The Adventures of the REAL Tom Sawyer, by Tom Sawyer. It was a delight to read about Tom's interesting career and especially his time working on Murder, She Wrote."
CROSS PURPOSES, Tom's mystery/thriller novel , 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. His 2nd Barney Moon novel, A MAJOR PRODUCTION!, is just out!
To introduce himself to Hollywood, Tom wrote, directed & independently produced the feature film comedy, ALICE GOODBODY. It led to his first Tinseltown 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.
Tom's bestselling book on writing, FICTION WRITING DEMYSTIFIED, is a Writers Digest Book Club Selection. Tom has taught writing at UCLA, at other colleges and universities, and at numerous major writers conferences.
Tom also offers one-on-one consulting on Screenplays and Teleplays, providing detailed comment, analysis and alternate suggestions.