Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I have been an Electronic Technician with the US Navy and Honeywell, Inc. for 42 years, a Honeywell Temperature Control, Fire Alarm and Security Software Specialist, Biomedical Engineer (repair of medical related equipment), is Fire Alarm Level II Certified, a Metrologist (Metrology is the Science of Measurement not to be confused with a Meteorologist from Honeywell which is the study of weather phenomenon) and HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Engineering resource. I have a wide-ranging expertise with a keen awareness of physics, computer and internet software and a broad knowledge of electronics and how it intersects with the paranormal world and UFO’s. I am now retired.
What are your ambitions for your writing career? I did not start out after retirement to become a writer. It never occurred to me at all. I wanted to study UFO and paranormal phenomenon and give talks about these things. That is what fascinated me. I became part of a local paranormal team as an investigator and the team ufologist. I realized very quickly that I needed to have a body of work in ufology so I wrote a weekly blog for my paranormal team which took a single aspect of Physics as it likely related to a visiting race of beings, discussed it, and made the science easy to understand. I wanted everyone to comprehend the difficulty that faced an extra-terrestrial civilization in getting to our planet, living here, and what their motivations for continuing to visit may be. I plan to utilize these blogs (35 in all) in a book.
To give talks in the UFO field to groups in my area, I studied a UFO database looking for things to discuss. I quickly realized that there was a pattern in the sighting accounts that I was reading. I made a map (New York State) of what had been reported on this database, the pattern was unmistakable, and I needed to investigate further. The first map turned into two and shortly thereafter, the discussion of UFO sightings turned into a study of the US East Coast and my first book.
My first book turned immediately into my second (Central US UFO sightings), a third was started (Western States) and even a fourth one is in the planning stages.
What are you working on at the minute? I am doing database research on book #3 at this time. It involves reading sighting reports from over thirty thousand persons, judging whether the sighting seemed real, that it was identified correctly, and not repeated by another person. I have also created sighting maps from my research in book two and I am also backtracking on book one and filling out appropriate maps for every state along the East Coast.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I try to research in the morning. It is mind-numbing work and I need a clear head to perform this task. When I am actually putting words to paper, I do best while writing in the afternoon.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? This is a three part series of books that will eventually encompass the entire United States. I look for similarities and abnormalities in the sighting reports. Starting in book 2, I am also looking for correlations between Native American settlements, Ancient gods of the Native Americans, land geology, pollution including natural and fracking related, coal, gas and nuclear plants, Air Force bases in the area, and CO2 emissions relating to man-made global warming. I end book 2 with a prophecy by Native Americans from thousands of years ago. It is frightening even today.
In what formats is your book available? Book 1 is available in book form from Amazon and in Kindle. Book 2 has very intensive maps, graphics from rock art and other formats that would make it difficult to convert to Kindle.
How are you publishing this book and why?(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) I wanted to get this book out and did not want to spend the majority of my time pitching to publishers. It was just easier to publish through Create Space/Amazon.
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time? I really want to give lectures and discuss the anomalies that I found through my database research. Books are an integral part of this process.
How can readers discover more about you and you work? I am continually advertising internet radio programs where I am speaking from my Facebook accounts and I do about ten or so events per year at paranormal conventions and I will be expanding into UFO conventions in the near future, likely early next year when my third book is written.
In the near future, my web page will offer .PDF downloads of my books. These will also feature maps in color within the downloaded file in addition to the web page.
Tom's research is second to none, and his books are incredibly detailed. If you would like to know more about Tom's books or his current projects you can find them here on his WEBSITE, his AUTHOR PAGE on Facebook or his TWITTER.