Tom is an artist from Seal Beach. He received his B.A. in Communications from Metropolitan State College, a Film Writing Certificate from UCLA, and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Cal Poly. His thesis was "The Elements of a Successful Artist Colony." Throughout his career he has written educational films, performed Stand-up Comedy, and worked as the Assistant for the President of Buena Vista Television. Tom recently won First Place in Young Adult Fiction from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Los Angeles. He currently works as a Planning Intern for the City of Los Alamitos.