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Thomas Lloyd Qualls is a writer, a condition that is apparently incurable. He lives in the high desert beauty of Northern Nevada, along with the children’s author Lynell Garfield and their son August. He is a former copywriter, a licensed attorney who has overturned two death sentences, and a one-time vagabond who regularly wandered the globe with a backpack and three changes of clothes.
Thomas is the author of two novels, the co-creator of several storytelling projects, and the former owner of a music festival. He is also a sometimes painter and a contributor of essays to Rebelle Society, Wild Heart Writers, and Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine.
His debut novel Waking Up At Rembrandt’s received national critical acclaim. The Midwest Book Review called it, “an impressive debut novel showcasing an undeniably talented and imaginative author.”
His second novel Painted Oxen was published April 02, 2019 by Homebound Publications. As of this submission, it has won four literary awards, including the 2018 Landmark Prize for Fiction and the award for Best New Fiction at the 2019 American Fiction Awards.
In writing, one of his goals is to bridge the worlds of literary and spiritual fiction. With all his creative projects, he works to build bridges between people and places and to encourage curiosity.
In spite of the words written here, it is good to remember that a human being is not static. To define something is to kill part of it. You can find out more about Thomas, his books, poetry, paintings, and other projects on his website. www.tlqonline.com. Or at any of the absurd number of social media profiles out there these days. Feel free to check them out whenever you like. Or better yet, just invite him out for coffee or beer. He loves a good conversation.