Novelist, screenwriter, playwright, Tom was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS series, Murder, She Wrote, for which he wrote 24 episodes. Edgar & Emmy-nominated, Tom has written 9 TV series pilots, 100 episodes - both comedy and drama. He has been Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series.
He wrote, directed and produced the cult film comedy, Gosh Alice Goodbody. His documentary, Reunion, was honored by the New York Film Festival, the Rochester and Edinburgh Festivals, and received national theatrical release.
Tom is co-librettist/lyricist of JACK, a Musical Drama about John F. Kennedy, that has been performed to acclaim in the US and Europe.
He publishes Storybase 2.0 writer's software which, along with his book, Fiction Writing Demystified, is a Writers Digest Book Club Selection. His first novel: bestselling mystery/thriller, The Sixteenth Man. Tom's latest thriller; the bestselling No Place to Run.
He's taught writing at UCLA, at other colleges and universities, at numerous major writers conferences, and online at Screenwriters University where he currently teaches STORYTELLING: How to Write Stories That Will Grab and Hold Your Audience.