Tom Crosshill has operated a nuclear reactor, taught public speaking and worked in a zinc mine, among other things. His fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award (thrice), the Latvian Annual Literature Award, and has appeared in venues such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed. In 2009, he won the Writers of the Future contest. After some years spent in Oregon and New York, he currently lives in his native Latvia.
Tom’s debut novel, THE CAT KING OF HAVANA (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, Fall 2016), is a Young Adult Contemporary. It follows Rick Gutierrez, avowed nerd and self-styled Cat King of the Internet, who travels to Cuba for a summer of learning salsa and reconnecting with his mother’s roots. He’s determinedly not doing any of this to impress Ana Cabrera, his just-out-of-reach dance partner. In Cuba, however, they discover that there is a lot more to the country than they first suspected—and the greatest danger may lie where they least expect it.
- Favorite book growing up: MARCHENMOND (“Magic Moon”) by Wolfgang & Heike Hohlbein
- Childhood aspiration: A teenage wunderkind bestselling author
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Mid-morning, somewhere with palm trees
- Book currently reading/most recently read: THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST by James Islington
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Dancing salsa, playing the piano, learning new skills
- Surprising personal fact: He got licensed to operate a nuclear reactor at the age of 18
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: His book, set in Cuba, is coming out at a time of tumultuous, promising change for the country
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