Tom Swyers is an attorney, a judge, and a novelist.
Winner of two Benjamin Franklin Book Awards including “Best First Book: Fiction” in 2015, his debut novel, Saving Babe Ruth, has won acclaim from both critics and readers alike and has created a nationwide dialogue over the state of youth sports today.
His upcoming legal thriller, The Killdeer Connection, is set against the backdrop of the oil fracking industry.
Tom first had an audience on the edge of their seat (and the girls giggling) when his play, “The Great Train Robbery,” made its debut in the seventh grade.
After high school, he worked his way through some of the best colleges in the country. Employed in a variety of jobs ranging from a late-night convenience store clerk to a fine jewelry salesperson, Tom eventually graduated from college and then worked his way through law school in the caverns of Wall Street.
Tom is also an award-winning youth sports advocate having been recognized in 2009 as Eastern New York State Volunteer of the Year for Babe Ruth League, Inc.
He’s often called “Tom Sawyer,” but he is not the Mark Twain character, though he did marry Becky Thatcher and his best friend is Huck Finn. He’s been a lawyer for much of his career, practicing in a variety of areas. Most recently, he’s been appointed as a judge in New York State. He’s also studied at the Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College.
When he isn’t writing or reading, Tom is usually running (literally) away from trouble on the back roads of Upstate, New York where he lives with his family and two cats (really two dogs working undercover).
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