Author of 'Sendero' and 'Who Sings to the Dead?'


not The Mona Lisa

I live in San Francisco, a city with its share of faults (seismic and otherwise) but it’s a great place to hide from the real world. And if I need a character for a novel I simply ride public transport for an hour or so.

When I’m not writing I work as a software architect, which is a nice way of saying I hack around on computers and actually get paid for it. Writing code and writing fiction have much in common. That may sound odd but both are creative processes that require iteration (rewriting) until they ‘work’.

When I’m not writing or working I’m hopefully traveling, frequently somewhere in Latin America. I’ve also been known to sleep from time to time, although the lure of a blank page may wake me from a deep slumber. I can also be found walking Floyd, a shelter-mix who stops and stares at headlights as they pass by at night. There’s a story there, too. If only Floyd could talk. Perhaps he’s channeling the demons of Jim Thompson, Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith and Quentin Tarantino, and trying to make some sense of them in what Henning Mankell calls ‘my own language’.

Kirkus listed my debut novel, SENDERO, a literary thriller set in modern-day Peru, as one of the top 100 Indie novels of 2012. WHO SINGS TO THE DEAD, the second in the SENDERO series, was released January 2013. My 16-and-above YA/New Adult/Old Adult thriller titled LETHAL DISPATCH was released in 2014. Watch the trailer; it’s really pretty good because someone who knew what she was doing  put together all my ideas and the cool Ramones type music I paid twenty bucks for. So watch it if only for the music.

I just published ‘Looking for the Dead Boys’, a ’70s biker novel with an ex-con Mom looking for her wayward daughter. It’s the first of a Meth Noir genre and I coined the term, so there you have it. 

I also have a collection of short *dark* fiction titled OUT BY THE TREES. It’s not for everybody so please be warned.

Sendero, a novel of suspense set in Peru, is listed as one of the top 100 Indie novels of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews:

“Tomlinson’s princely, epic debut spans decades in a Peruvian family’s separation and reunion amid political unrest and terrorist atrocities.”




Contact the author. Have you read Sendero? Who Sings to the Dead? My short fiction? Comments? Abuse? Want to be notified when a new novel comes out? Let me know!


4 responses

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    • Thanks, Digital Journal.

      March 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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