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Author of Novels
TESSA & CLAUDINE and ROW AWAY FROM THE ROCKS
“This poignant and honest peek over Carrie Barnes’s shoulder and into the journal of the months spent with a dying grandmother will resound with anyone who has ever been or known one of these unsung angels otherwise known as caregivers.”
ROW AWAY FROM THE ROCKS
SUZANNE STREMPEK SHEA, Author of Becoming Finola
TESSA & CLAUDINE
"Tessa and Claudine is the story of two girls growing up and apart thanks to an alcoholic mother and a string of dysfunctional father figures. The girls lives are thrown into chaos again and again, but the ever resilient Tessa refuses to give up on her sister. It is said that time heals all wounds, but Thom shows us that it's unconditional love that delivers the medicine. A delightful read."
Author of We All Fall Down
"Lisbeth Thom exhibits a rare sensitivity to her characters and to the human condition in all its variations. In addition, her highly readable style, her everyday subject matter, makes her a likely candidate to become our next Elizabeth Berg, or even Carol Shields.”
ROW AWAY FROM THE ROCKS
ROSEMARY DANIELL, Author of Fatal Flowers, and Confessions of a Female Chauvinist
I began my love affair with words in my hometown of Vandalia, Illinois. I loved to read and soon started writing, poems, and short stories. With two close friends, I wrote and produced a school play in junior high school. At age sixteen, my family moved to Indianapolis. After graduating from high School, I studied art-advertising design at the University of Illinois for a year, then went Indiana Business College. After graduating, I worked as a secretary at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. That's where I met Douglas Thom. We married and moved to the San Francisco area where Doug had a new job. We quickly had three children two girls and a boy. Doug was transferred to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1974 and that is where I started my writing career.
I took writing classes at Marquette University and soon began publishing articles in the Milwaukee Journal and in magazines. When Doug was transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, I wrote articles for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and went back to college. I graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a B. A. in English/Creative Writing.
I write about ordinary people and strive to write the truth. My first novel, Row Away From the Rocks, involves a young girl who becomes a caregiver and learns about life and loss. At present, I am marketing this novel as required reading for medical students. In my second novel, Tessa and Claudine, two sisters, totally opposite in personality, learn to look beyond the sister they wished for and accept the one they have. I also co-wrote Echoes, a book of poetry, with my granddaughter, Rachel Nelson. Echoes has been used as a teaching tool in classrooms.
I have worked as a car hop, a waitress, a travel agent, a teacher, a mother of three under the age of five, and a writer, and have given many talks on the craft of writing. I have traveled to far away places, sometimes for real and sometimes in the many books I've read.