About the author

Tom was born in the east end of Glasgow, Scotland in 1952.

He left school in 1967, and in 1969 (age 17) he joined the British Army and served 23 years, completing his service in 1992. A career in Retail Management was next, which lasted for 20 years. In October 2012 Tom stepped down to become a Part-time Sales Assistant on a three-day-week to allow more time for writing.

Since 2007 Tom has had several ‘letter of the week’ letters published, six times winning prizes in magazines.   He has won two short story competitions, had six short stories published in anthologies and another published on a ‘talking book’ CD. The audio CD anthology was specifically produced for the visually impaired.

Between December 2007 and December 2012 Tom wrote in excess of 700 poems. In June 2013 he had a short story requested for use by World Reader, a charitable organisation providing an International education/reading program, for developing countries. In October 2013 he was contacted by a student at Glasgow University who was on his Masters Degree. He requested use of one of Tom’s poems, ‘River Clyde’, as part of the soundtrack to his short video, ‘Clyde Built’, which was produced as part of the MDes Sound for the Moving Image programme.

In 2011 Tom attempted the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. He wrote a novel of 56,000 words in 29 days. It was titled ‘Hawk’ and was loosely based on a series of 35 poems of the same name.

In 2012 Tom completed his first novel, a romance-based thriller titled 10 Days in Panama. Inspired by decent reviews he embarked on a crime-thriller.

In 2013, he took the Hawk idea a stage further to produce his novel, Beyond The Law, later to be re-titled Beyond The Law: Formation.

Following several visits to Amsterdam to visit his son who works there, Tom played around with the idea of a psychological thriller/romance/travelog and the result … in 2014 he published, Amsterdam Calling.

Since then, this author has set himself a working practise of having at least two projects in production simultaneously. In Tom’s opinion, it’s healthy to leave work aside for several weeks between drafts. Since 2014 he has continued to produce novels, and anthologies of short stories.

Typically, one month will be spent on a novel, and the next month on short stories. The latest development (May 2016) is to work on a novel, a collection of short stories, a series of novellas, and a five-part novel. Due to the level of information required for each project the minimum time any one piece is left to rest is now over a month – which is good for all of the projects. In this way, every draft of each project is an improvement.

As any creative writer would recognise, their quality of work improves over time, due in part to experience, and in no small way to input via reviews, reading widely, suggestions, and studying the writing craft.

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Supplementary information – July 2017

Tom has revised all of his novels to date, and apart from working on Highland Games – 5: An Erotica Novella, which is the final instalment, he is also working on the final instalment of his five-part novel. A Life of Choice: Part Five, is the culmination of a story which the author has written in various points of view, and in various styles.

Why has A Life of Choice been so difficult to develop and complete?

It is fact-based fiction, and the key to making this an enduring tale was always going to be the way it was told. Tom has opted for first person point of view, and broken the story into five parts to allow for greater emphasis on certain areas.

Tom is one of three authors who were responsible for the restructuring of the Indie Author Support & Discussion group’s website.               

 

email: orderlyman@yahoo.co.uk

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26 comments on “About the author

    • Thank you Bruce. You will already know that I have a fair base of poetry on the Starlite link. I want to add my short stories. Top of my agenda is to write a regular piece, which is what it’s all about. Keeping it to a writing theme will be my objective.
      Thanks again mate, take care,
      Tom

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  2. Thanks for your comments on ‘The Hard Way’ Tom. All noted and appreciated. I am learning as I go ‘adapt and advance’ No longer serving… Ireland was fun wasn’t it. The next part is about basic training, that’ll def’ bring back some memories. Third part’s still in my head. Cheers.

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  3. Hi Tom, I work with Rob in the Scarborough store…we got your business card last Xmas, I took a peek at your site and was impressed. I told Rob about it -he calls you Tommy Bonson, remember that? ! Are you on Facebook? If so, I am Subo Speight. But where have you hidden your artwork, I can’t find it on here now? Best wishes, Sue

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    • Hi Sue. As you’ll have seen already I’ve revamped my blog recently and only a few weeks ago I gave my website a new look. To check out my artwork you can go direct to http://www.tom-benson.co.uk/ or click on my photo on the homepage of my blog. Thank you for checking me out and for the compliment. I’ve recently also updated my business card – I’ll send a couple your way. I’ll also get onto Facebook and locate you. I have two Facebook pages now – the second is Tom Benson – Writer.
      Yes, I remember well our Rob and the ‘Tommy’ thing. If I remember correctly it goes back to us discussing what we were called back home. Prior to leaving Glasgow I would have been called Tommy. While he’s laughing at my expense you might like to ask him about the Buzz Lightyear wallet …
      Best regards, Tom

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  4. Ooohh, the Buzz Lightyear wallet?! The mind boggles?! I shall ask him about that on Monday when I next see him. Thanks for the FB add ♥

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  5. Just wanted to say thanks for all comments and advice on some of my posts, all of which I’ve responded to. And thanks also for not being put out by my addition to the Amazon review; it did occur to me you that you might think I was being a bit of a twat for picking up on something so trivial, but that was the reviewer in me speaking, and not the thoroughly entertained reader.
    Cheers, Paul…
    ps, I’ll be adding a short review on ‘Military Matters’ in the next day or two…

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  6. My dad was in the army (he left when he met my mum, who was in the Royal Signals), and he too was born in Scotland (Duns). I’m glad that I found your blog & I look forward to reading your poetry!

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  7. I see little legs has already commented here, just saying your book was damned good. Now ploughing through Military Matters. Am no writer or blogger but will try and write something on it when i’m done.

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    • Many thanks for dropping by, and comments/reviews are always welcome. Now, it may have been a long time ago for me, but your Regimental flag hauls back many happy memories. You’ll know already that my service life came to an end in ’92, and that I was Royal Signals.
      What you might not expect is that my first working unit was 260 Signal Squadron (SAM), attached to 36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery.
      The (SAM) in our unit name was because 36 Regt RA, were the boys with the real Thundebirds – the Surface to Air Missiles (SAM).

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  8. Ahh… Boxsey’ll bending your ear till the cows come home with that. We both joined not long before the 36th were disbanded, some of their lads had already attached (43 Battery) to the 39th by the time we got in, you weren’t by any chance ever stationed in Dortmund (Napier barracks) ?

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    • Yes my friend, by chance, I was stationed in Napier Barracks, at the bottom end of Osterstrasse in Do – Brakel. That is Brakel, being the district of Dortmund. I travelled across with the entire regiment from Horseshoe Barracks in Shoeburyness, circa July 1971. In the Spring of 1974 I was posted (under a cloud), to Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

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  9. Hi Tom

    Really good to see the AtoZ challenge is going so well for you; it’s not something I thought would interest me till I saw it in action, so I might well participate next year.

    For some reason the twitter function on your last post (D) wasn’t allowing me to tweet the post just in case you were thinking I didn’t like this one as much as the others (I’ll try again sometime later, might just be a glitch with twitter, WP, or my twitter).

    I hadn’t realised your books were on Goodreads as well till the other night, so have added my reviews there as well. I might be a bit slow on the old retweets and comments this week as I’m off to Glen Coe for five days for some walking and climbing (certainly won’t be bothering with or checking tweets during the days, or even the evenings if I’m huddled in a bivvi somewhere).

    Have another great week with the challenge, I’ll try to keep up with it best I can but might not be til the evenings for the coming week…

    All the best, Paul….

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    • Enjoy your time in God’s country. The Highlands are my favourite place. It’s a long time since I slept in a bivvy, but just the thought will make me appreciate my study. LOL. See you in print on your return mate. Don’t worry about the Tweet/Retweet thing. You’re already doing a great job.

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  10. Thanks, I had a great time up there. I’ll be sure to read your review of ‘Tipping the Velvet’, and take a look at it. Regarding your anthology, I’ve already read and enjoyed several of your short stories so it goes without saying it’ll be jumping to the top of my ‘to be read and reviewed’ list.

    Thanks..
    Paul…

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    • Hello my friend and thank you for the nomination. I haven’t heard of that one before so I’ll have to check it out. I hope you enjoy ‘Amsterdam Calling’ as much as you obviously enjoyed your visit to the actual city. I’d really appreciate a review if you like the story and find the time.

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  11. What a wonderful list of accomplishments. You have been busy! Writing is a daunting task even when it is something you love. Congratulations and keep loving what you do!

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    • Hello again my friend. I was so pleased to see your response to my ‘About’ page that I have now updated it. I’ll be back over your way again later today on my blog patrol. I hope all is going well for you. 🙂

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  12. Hi Tom,
    This is the person you’ve known as WK Tucker (Kathy). I’ve moved to a new home, and hope you’ll drop by and visit when you can. My final post on wktucker,com–which will be made private very soon–explains why.

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