Author’s Name: Tom Weston
Book Title: First Night
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Publisher: Tom Weston Media
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Originally from England, Tom now resides in Boston, Massachusetts; with extended spells in the UK and Luxembourg. Tom has a degree in Computer Science, and he claims to speak three languages: English, American, and Visual Basic. Before turning his hand to fiction, Tom had a successful career as the CEO of a consulting company, conference speaker, and writer of industry articles and business books.
His novel, First Night, introduced the unlikely heroines, Alex and Jackie, and the ghost of a 17th century Puritan named Sarah Pemberton. Tom has also written the screenplay, Fission, based on the true story of scientist, Lise Meitner, and the race for the atomic bomb, and which was named a finalist at the London Independent Film Festival.
Tom is currently working on the sequel to First Night, called the Elf of Luxembourg.
His web site is: www.tom-weston.com.
1.Where do you live (city, country)? Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
2.What is the weather like? The winter snow has finally given way to summer rain.
3.Have you lived there very long? I’ve had a home here for about 25 years, but large chunks of the time were spent elsewhere, predominantly Luxembourg and London.
4.Would you rather live somewhere else? At one time, yes, when the weather and the traffic were getting to me, but not any more – I had an epiphany, which opened my eyes to the real Boston, and suddenly weather and traffic were immaterial.
5.Are you married or single? Married.
6.Do you have kids? Two boys, both grown and flown the coop.
7.Where were you born? In Stoke-on-Trent, England, The Potteries, home to Wedgwood, Spode and Royal Doulton.
8.What was your childhood like? I was a regular kid from a council estate (what Americans would call inner-city-blue-collar), but I was fortunate enough to attend public school (what Americans would call private school). It was a juggling act at times, constantly moving between these two different worlds, but I think that it helped to establish me as an individual and a free-thinker. So I think that I got the best of both worlds.
9.What was it like growing up as a teen? What did you do for fun? My school was an all-boys school, which was very much focused on career and education, but was the worst preparation for meeting girls, so that part of my life is memorable for its lack of memories, fond or otherwise. I played viola in the school orchestra, and that led me to forming a rock band, where I was the lead guitarist (a very bad one, I might add). That was a changing point. On stage I could adopt an alter-ego, and I became much more confident. (And girls started to ask for my autograph).
10.Back to the present, what’s your favorite room in your house? My wife would say that it is the family room, because that is where the TV is located, but I spend much of my time in my office.
11.Do you have an outside job? Not since I turned to writing full-time. I had run a consulting company for the longest time. It was quite successful, enough to finance what I’m doing now, but when an opportunity came to spend some time in Luxembourg, I handed the reins to someone else. It was supposed to be temporary, but I haven’t gone back.
12.What is your favorite thing to do on your day off? Well I’m having so much fun that I consider every day is my day off. But when I’m not writing, I’m reading or doing a crossword. Every now and then, my friends will drag me to a golf course.
13.What’s your most favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Croissant (with a cappuccino).
14.Do you have any pets? No. I do so much traveling it wouldn’t be fair to them.
15.Do you know your neighbors? We’re one first name basis, but we don’t socialize (that is my fault; I’m a bit of a couch-potato). My parents became good friends with my neighbor’s parents and they exchange Christmas cards.
16.Pepsi or Coke? Regular Coke, but Diet Pepsi.
17.Favorite time of year? Autumn; and not just because I live in New England. I don’t like the extremes of summer and winter. And autumn is the best time to play golf.
18.Favorite color? Brown.
19.Favorite book? Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein.
20.Does your car look better than your house? No. I think of the car as a necessary evil. I’d rather walk if I could.
21.What’s on your mousepad? A picture of Wallace and Gromit.
22.How many times do you let the phone ring before you answer it? As many as it takes for them to give up. I never answer the phone unless Caller-Id has identified them. And even then I’m just as likely to let the answer machine take the call.
23.What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? My book (that is, whatever book I’m currently working on). I’m adept at setting a problem for myself to work on while I sleep, so that when I wake up I have the answer, and the first thing I do is write it down before I forget.
24.Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla (two scoops, with a tiny splash of almond flavored tequila.)
25.Do you like to drive too fast? I prefer not to drive at all. I’m a very defensive and timid driver.
26.Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Not that I’m aware of.
27.If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? (Excluding friends and family) Harpo Marx.
28.What’s your favorite alcoholic drink? Red wine.
29.What is your zodiac sign? Aries.
30.If you could have any job that you wanted, what would it be? The one I’m currently doing.
31.What’s under your bed? Dust bunnies and half-scribbled illegible notes to myself.
32.Is the glass half empty or half full? The glass is half full, but the bottle is half empty.