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Tom Pitts (born September 26, 1966 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian-American author and former musician. He specializes in dark crime fiction in which street life is a prominent theme. [1] [2]

Career[edit]

Pitts moved to San Francisco in the mid-1980s and became singer, songwriter, and one of two guitarists for Short Dogs Grow.[1] The band, which took its name from the Tom Waits song "On the Nickel", had two albums released on Rough Trade Records.[3]

Pitts started to write in 1990, as he struggled with drug addiction.[4] He was initially influenced by non-fiction books about crime, such as The Westies by T.J. English, and criminal activity he personally encountered. He was invited to read as part of an Oakland writing series hosted by his former "running buddy" Joe Clifford. [5]The confidence Pitts gained from that outing encouraged him to continue writing.[6][7] All of his books are set in Northern California.[8]

Pitts' has published three books and two novellas. Kirkus wrote that Pitts' 2017 novel American Static was "absorbing and highly charged."[9] The New York Journal of Books wrote that it was a "relentlessly driven page-turning thriller with outrageous twists and turns you never see coming." [10]

He has had numerous short stories published online and in magazines and anthologies. An acquisitions editor for Gutter Books, he was previously one of the chief editors for Out of the Gutter Online, a Gutter Books-affiliated website for flash fiction.[11] He is the host of Skid Row Chatter, a live monthly broadcast on the Authors on the Air network.[12]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Piggyback (republished in 2018, originally released in 2012): ISBN 978-1480100626 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  • Knuckleball (2015): ISBN 978-0692370773 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  • Hustle (republished in 2016, originally released in 2014): ISBN 978-1496048875 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  • American Static (2017): ISBN 978-1943402847 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..
  • 101 (to be released November 2018): ISBN 978-1948235389 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png..

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Write Stuff: Tom Pitts on Trajectory and Saying What You Have to Say - July 22, 2013 - SF Weekly". SF Weekly. 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  2. "Bookshots: 'Hustle' by Tom Pitts". LitReactor. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  3. "TOM PITTS". www.punkglobe.com. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  4. "AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Tom Pitts - Shannon Muir's The Pulp and Mystery Shelf". Shannon Muir's The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  5. Lapin, Joseph (2013-08-15). "Joe Clifford Was a Skid Row Heroin Addict. Now He Has a New Novel, Junkie Love". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  6. "AUTHOR INTERVIEW - Tom Pitts - Shannon Muir's The Pulp and Mystery Shelf". Shannon Muir's The Pulp and Mystery Shelf. 2017-07-11. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  7. Cogdill, Posted by Oline H. "Tom Pitts and Milestones". www.mysteryscenemag.com. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  8. "American Static by Tom Pitts". THE BIG THRILL. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  9. AMERICAN STATIC by Tom Pitts | Kirkus Reviews. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  10. "a book review by Sam Millar: American Static". www.nyjournalofbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  11. "Tom Pitts". Down & Out Books. 2016-05-01. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  12. "Guest DJ—Tom Pitts". S.W. Lauden. 2015-12-04. Retrieved 2018-10-10.

External links[edit]

Official website


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