Thomas Cannon’s story about his son is the lead story in the anthology Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism. He also has poems and short stories published in print and electronic journals. Cannon did, in fact, work at a hospital pushing food carts. There are three more things that are true. He sometimes felt invisible. A doctor once acted as though the elevator should let him go his floor first. He would hang out with a great guy and bullshit while his friend smoked. Okay, there might be more things in life that are true. However, his novel is fiction. Things did come true after he wrote them. For example, he left a place of employment (not a hospital) and the employees did try to form a union. Thomas Cannon has worked at many peon jobs. But then, so have you.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Tao of Apathy began with my observation of class warfare that goes on in institutions where there is a mix of employees. I found the interaction between these classes to cause humorous situations. I also found a treasure chest of humor in the way management dealt with employees. People definitely rise to their level of incompetence.
In my book, the employees come together the best they can to fight off the bad decisions that take place during a reorganization
Describe your desk
My desk is anywhere I can find to write. At this moment, I am at the dining room table. I need it quiet, except for some music playing (or not). I find my comfort in the schedule of writing and not the place so much.
Meet the members of St Jude's Hospital. You already know them. You work with them, but take a madcap meeting with them anyway. In this Catch-22 meets Scrubs story, you will learn the power of apathy. Be one of the few, the disgraced, the apathetic.