Thomas Wictor was born in Caripito, Venezuela, and has lived in Texas, the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain, Oregon, Japan, and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and has worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voice-over actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist.
He is the author of five books and is the planet's only expert on World War I flamethrowers, an accomplishment he attained completely by default, since nobody else is interested in them. A former Contributing Editor at Bass Player, he was also a semi-professional bass guitarist in Tokyo.
Soon he will publish companion volumes to Ghosts and Ballyhoo, creating a trilogy that explores the theme of conquering a traumatic past by transforming anger over loss into gratitude for what once was. The three titles--a memoir, a novel, and a diary--are united by their humor, honesty, and dual mission to banish and entertain. They share multiple tie-ins, each book embellishing the other two.
The Ghosts trilogy consists of:
Ghosts and Ballyhoo: Memoirs of a Failed L.A. Music Journalist.
Chasing the Last Whale, a fictional black comedy about love and suicide in contemporary wartime America.
Hallucinabulia: the Dream Diary of an Unintended Solitarian.
The characters introduced in the memoir are romanticized in the novel and finally set free in the diary, as they are no longer bound by law, nature, or even reality.
Memoir, novel, and diary, the Ghosts Trilogy shows what was, what Wictor wished could have been, and how the battle between the two consumed him.
Photo and cover designs by Tim Wictor.