Tom’s writing offers an exhilarating mix of history, mystique and superhero action
Since childhood Thomas J. Brodeur has been telling stories. Early efforts included drawing his own comics, a skill he honed from grade school through college. In high school he composed three graphic novels and wrote his first short story. A dozen more short stories followed in early adulthood. His first published novel, Regina Silsby’s Secret War, was nominated for the Scott O’Dell award for historical fiction.
Besides writing, Mr. Brodeur managed to graduate college and divert some attention to a multi-faceted career. His corporate experience spans several continents and includes motion picture production, computer-aided design, information technology, management and customer service.
“What inspires my writing?” he says. “Pretty much, anything happening around me.”
He spends his spare time building ships-in-bottles and dabbling in calligraphy, cartooning and fine art. Additional activities include laundry, dishwashing, lawn mowing, painting, plumbing and electrical work as required. Home is Florida, with his bride of several decades.
In addition to storytelling Tom Brodeur is devoted to building model ships and the magic of placing them in bottles. Photos of him at work appear in the collection at right.
Tom at a book fair with his first published book
Tom and his wife Patti talking with an interested buyer. Tom’s books are popular in home-schooling households.
Close up view
Assembling the ship
The Pride of Baltimore