The Fiction of Owen Thomas

About the Author

“I was raised against my will to follow the fabulist tradition.
It’s a part of me now. The truth lies in fiction.”

—Matilda Johns

Owen Thomas

If writers are what they write, then Owen Thomas is a fiction. Not a fiction in the way that Ebenezer wonders whether the Ghost of Christmas Past is merely a gastric illusion brought on by an “undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, or a crumb of cheese.” Nor in the way that Verbal Kent invented Keyser Söze from scraps of information on a police station bulletin board. Rather, Owen Thomas is a fiction born of creative suffocation, less a product of indigestion or criminal-minded design than a full-on psychotic snap. After twenty-five years as an attorney practicing civil litigation, the emergence of an alter ego was probably inevitable.

But if there is any truth in fiction (and there always is), then here is the truth. Owen Thomas is a life-long Alaskan with an abiding love of original fiction writing and storytelling whose ultimate purpose is always to reconnect the reader with humanity. Owen is a product of the Anchorage School District and a graduate of Duke University and Duke Law School. Over the years, while his responsible, wage-earning identity has been busy representing clients and writing legal briefs, Owen has written three novels:  Lying Under Comets: A Love Story of Passion, Murder, Snacks and Graffiti; The Lion Trees (Winner of The 2015 Kindle Book Award, Winner of The Global eBook Award, Winner of The Books And Author.com 2015 Book of the Year Award, The Eric Hoffer Award for fiction, A Finalist for The Beverly Hills International Book Awards, a Finalist for The First Horizon Book Award, and awarded Honorable Mentions at The London Book Festival, The New York Book Festival, The Southern California Book Festival, The Great Northwest Book Festival, The Los Angeles Book Festival, The Great Southeast Book Festival, The Pacific Rim Book Festival, The Amsterdam Book Festival and The Hollywood Book Festival);  and a novel of interconnected short fiction, including six novellas and four short stories, entitled Signs of Passing Winner of the Pacific Book Awards for Short Fiction , Winner of the Great Southwest Book Festival, Runner-Up in The Amsterdam Book Festival, Runner-Up in The Great Midwest Book Festival, Runner-Up in The Great Southeast Book Festival, Runner-Up in The Pacific Rim Book Festival, receiving Honorable Mentions at The London Book Festival, The Paris Book Festival, The Los Angeles Book Festival, The Great Northwest Book Festival, The SanFrancisco Book Festival, and The New England Book Festival, and designated among the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by Shelf Unbound Magazine. Even as you read this biographical blurb, a fourth and somewhat lighter novel, Henry & Biggs: Adventure Blog of a Literary Agent and his Beagle, is currently unfolding a couple of clicks away on the Owen Thomas Fiction Blog. Additional short fiction pieces are collected and reproduced in their entirety at Tiny Points of Life. Owen’s short story “Everything Stops” has been selected for publication in an anthology of short fiction published by Fiction Attic Press called “Modern Shorts”, available at Amazon. Owen’s short stories “Nothing To Worry About” and “Island Santa” have recently been released for purchase at Blurb.com and Amazon.com, respectively. Lastly, a less polished and far more irreverent collection of unpublishable nonsense can be found locked away in the basement of this site, behind the door that says “The Menagerie.”

For the fifth consecutive year since he has been measuring his commercial success as an author, Owen has not won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Also, to great acclaim, he has not won the Man Booker Prize. Most recently, in 2017, Owen was not nominated for a Pulitzer.

To make sure he stays at least somewhat grounded in reality, Owen keeps very busy avoiding his responsibilities. When he is not writing, Owen can be found recreating and taking photographs in the grandeur of his Alaskan backyard and in the middle of the dream that is Hawaii, some of which are now accumulating on Owen’s nascent photo blog, 1000 Words per Frame.

Owen fervently believes our problem is not that life is too short, but that it tends to be much too narrow.  Also, whimsy in living is far too important to take seriously. But both of those propositions are the subject of on-going litigation. In the meantime, Owen is increasingly concerned that referring to oneself in the third-person is dangerously habit-forming.

Owen is very pleased you have chosen to visit this site.


INTERVIEWS:

Moterwriter Interview of Owen Thomas

Amy M. Hawes Interview of Owen Thomas

Laine Cunningham of The Writer’s Resource Blog Interviews Owen Thomas

Shelf Unbound Magazine April/May 2016 at page 67