Jeff Tompkins was born in Hartford, CT and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Literature and Society. Today he is a writer and comics artist living in New York City. The author of two novels — "The Night Friends" (2012) and "Traveling Light" (2015) — he also writes for The Brooklyn Rail, among other outlets.
"Traveling Light" tells the dramatic story of a young woman whose carefully planned future is up-ended by her impulse-buy of a used car. Literary fiction with the pacing and suspense of a thriller, "Traveling Light" features two highly original women protagonists and a setting that readers don’t often encounter in contemporary fiction — the unique American subculture that is I-95.
Inspired by a real-life crime that shocked New York City in the late 1990s, "The Night Friends" unfolds in the shadowy netherworld of Central Park after dark. After a chance encounter, a lonely, troubled man becomes friendly with three misfit teenagers who see the park as their refuge—until a series of fraught misunderstandings leads to a nightmarish final scene of hallucinatory intensity.