"Whenever I begin work on a new book, I am reborn into a new world."

"James Alexander Thom is one of the finest historical novelist writing today....he cares passionately about getting it right, and has a gift for illuminating those forgotten but fascinating corners of the American past...."  ----John Sugden Author of Tecumseh, A Life

"He puts flesh and blood on forgotten names and breathes life into the stale past. He is probably, the most important author of American historic novels written today because he helps to interpret the distant past for the mind and interest of the modern reader."  -----Jack Weatherford Author of Indian Givers

Sign Talker, is a fictional account of George Drouillard, the french-Shawnee hunter and scout who led the Lewis and Clark expedition. "Anyone who thinks there's nothing left to be said about the Lewis and Clark expedition should read this book." ----John Sugdon Author of Tecumseh, A life

Warrior Woman: Now he and his wife, Dark Rain, have created a magnificent portrait of an astonishing woman  - one who led her people in war when she could not persuade them to make peace. Her name was Nonhelema, she was the Woman's Peace Chief of the Shawnee Nation.
Follow the River
Long Knife
Red Heart
Panther in the Sky
The Spirit of the Place
From Sea to Shining Sea
Spectator Sport
Sign Talker
Staying Out of Hell
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                                  THOM NOVELS GOING ELECTRONIC                                  

             Six of James Alexander Thom's historical novels have been selected to be included in Random House's Electronic Book (ebook) publishing program.
             The titles chosen for such formats as Amazon Kindle, iPod, and
         the Sony Reader are:
           LONG KNIFE
           THE RED HEART
           PANTHER IN THE SKY 

             The author finds the news good, but ironic, musing, "I use every bit of my skill  and imagination to take my readers hundreds of years into the past -- and now they'll visit those old days through the screen of an electronic gizmo." 

I am returning to the internet after a long absence.

My new email address is docthomdotcom@gmail.com
Contact me by email for book orders, lecture requests, etc.

In the Spring 2014, I was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame (I was a newspaper and magazine journalist and a lecturer at the Indiana University School of Journalism before becoming a full-time auther.)

My textbook "The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction," first published by Writer's Digest Books, was selected by the Indiana State Library in 2011 as Best Book on Nonfiction.

In 2009, I was the inaugural winner of the annual Indiana Author's Award, National Category.

A memoir is in progress; it will be published in 2015 by Hawthorne Press. Part of the memoir will be a reprise of the textbook "the Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction," which sold out in its Writer's DIgest edition.
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