About Tom Gormley:
Born in northeastern Ohio, Tom grew up tossing newspapers, mowing the cemetery and camping with his family in a tent trailer. Tooting a sax, banging on a bass drum and running student council scared the principal enough to allow Tom to graduate from high school. He then migrated to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University where he ran student government while completing his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Skiing, open spaces and a disk drive manufacturer brought him to Colorado. He met his wife there, which changed his passion from flying airplanes to tent camping, buying houses and raising their daughter while completing his MBA from Colorado State. But he always retained his love for history and researching what really happened way back when. Thirty some odd years later, he is ready to give up the corporate grind to spend more time with his wife and two grandkids and traveling in their motorhome.
What inspires you to write?
My first book tells of the journey of lost Korean War soldier Donald Matney and our efforts to locate and bring him home.
Tell us about your writing process.
Research…Research…and More Research…that's how I put together the script that becomes a book. For Korean War Odyssey, we spent years researching what happened to Donald Matney and then spent additional years researching and putting together what happened during the war. Searching for missing in action relative Cpl. Donald Matney took many years of research – interviewing veterans and their family members, digging through archives and attending government meetings, reading books and journals, and months waiting for official responses. Four major story lines intertwine; what happened to Donald Matney, what happened to a Korean refugee family, what we did to locate Donald, and what happened during the rest of the war. I used copious notes on my Mac to juggle these plots and to keep them interesting. I hope you enjoy the results.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out the traditional route contacting publishers and agents but quickly tired of the rejections and non-responses. I then researched self publishing options and chose a hybrid approach.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The breadth and number of books being generated today make it difficult to break through. The large resellers highlight their books they want to sell first and all others are regulated to the back. Finding a way to reach readers (your niche) is paramount to making a book a success.
What genres do you write?: Biography, Memoir, History, War History, Historical fiction,
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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