ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tom's literary roots go back to his high school days as a poet, editor of the school yearbook and valedictorian. Disregarding his English teacher's advice to become a journalist, Tom followed a family endorsed career path in civil engineering and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University.
The following fifty years were spent in engineering and construction with the creation of scores of buildings, bridges and tunnels. There was a succession of companies including consulting engineering, development, construction, property management, inspection, testing and communications. Some succeeded and many failed.
Tom's innovative ability produced numerous construction product patents which are now being used throughout the world.
Throughout his life Tom has taken an active role in professional and community organizations. He has been recognized with awards from the Canadian Society of Plastics Industry, as a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering and the prestigious Award of Merit from the Canadian Standards Association.
Following the sale of his engineering company, Tom pursued a bucket list of things to do. He became a forensic engineer, a choir singer, a Master Gardener and a novelist. In 2014 he will graduate as a Floral Judge.
Having finished his first historical novel titled Bloody Diamonds, Tom is currently working on a children's book titled the Keyhole and a sequel to his first novel titled Beyond Diamonds. Writing and public speaking continues with scores of professional papers and lectures on engineering and horticultural subjects.