Tom Marshall was born and raised in a multiracial family in Boston’s South End. He received much of his inspiration for his first novel from his father’s memories of plantation life in Barbados where his late grandfather worked as the head mechanic on a sugarcane plantation in the late 1800’s.
Tom still resides in the Boston area with his wife, Derniere and his dog Louie.
The First Black Tycoon chronicles the life of Tyronius, a 19 year old Georgia slave, from 1858 to 1868, who makes an unplanned but necessary escape to save his life. Due to the unstable conditions in the South, including the advent of civil war, he is forced to hide out in plain sight in a neighboring state.