M. Thomas (Tom) Collins is one of the pioneer entrepreneurs of the information technology industry. The London-based publication Citytech called him an outstanding individual and visionary when he was named one of the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders in the legal community. Tom is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the US publication Law Technology News for his contribution to the use of technology in the legal community. Although now retired from the commercial world, Tom Collins continues to write and speak on management and pen his Mark Rollins adventure series of mysteries.
When did you first start writing?
For the first 65 years of my life I was a CPA, founder of a technology company and entrepreneur. In 2007, I sold the technology company and started to write mysteries. Recently, during a book signing event, a beautiful 80-year-woman asked me if I thought it was too late for her to start writing. I said, "Of course not--you just have to write faster."
Describe your desk
Good question. It does not have a manual Underwood typewriter on it as shown in some publicity shots. Its burled wood with black leather inserts--five feet wide and 31 inches deep. I write on a Dell notebook. I gravitated to a notebook for the portability. I often keep an iPad close by. Moreover, I may have a couple of different browsers open as well as Word. I sometimes use Power Point to create a storyboard.
This book is simple. It is about the pursuit of excellence through leadership. It will give you the tools to empower others with the confidence to take the right action while they are on the front line.
It’s Nashville and If you are looking for booze, women, song, or anything else, you go to Printers Alley. And that is where they found Mark Rollins's friend—a lawyer and rising political star—with a bullet through his head!
Against the backdrop of daily life in his fitness club for socially elite, wealthy women of Nashville, Tennessee, Mark Rollins investigates the disappearance of a club member's investment banker husband. The mystery reaches far beyond Nashville's city limits and puts Rollins and team in the gun sites of an organized criminal enterprise.