ABOUT THOMAS J. SIMS

Tom was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and studied Zoology and Creative Writing at UCLA. He received his M.D. degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Besides practicing medicine and writing, Tom loves dogs, fishing, kayaking and all aspects of the performing arts.

Even while working as a family doctor in rural Oregon, Tom made time to write a book entitled “Heart Clogs and Other Things Along the Same Vein” and he participated in over fifteen first rate theatrical productions on the stage and screen as an actor. His performing credits include starring roles in “The King and I”, “Agatha Christi’s Ten Little Indians”, “Neal Simon’s California Suite”, “Oliver”, “Up the Down Staircase”, “Dial M for Murder” and “Sordid Lives”.

Since retirement from full-time medicine in order to write, Tom has played leading theatrical roles in both Palm Springs, California and Bend, Oregon. In Palm Springs, for his dual role in “California Suite” he was nominated by The Desert Theatre League for an award as “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy”. Since then, Tom was featured in a nationally broadcast Public Service Announcement that dealt with adults giving alcohol to minors, and he played a part in the major Hollywood film “Next” starring Nicholas Cage and Julianne Moore. As an as Executive Producer, he has worked for two Independent Films – “Gunnar” and “Defiant”.

Tom is now a full-time writer and he is thrilled his memoir has found a home at Pegasus Books (New York & London). He looks forward to spreading his story of adaptation and work in the Arctic around the world.

Tom and his wife live in the Palm Springs area of Southern California and in the mountains outside Bend, Oregon. They share their lives with Zamora – a devilish black cat – and a heavenly little red Shih-Tzu boy names Lucifer. Tom is currently writing a novel.

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