Thomas Lloyd Qualls


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. 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.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I hate favorite questions of any kind. Whether it is food, colors, songs, or authors. So I never quite answer this question adequately, I'm afraid. But I do love, am inspired by, and/or have learned from the following writers: Joy Harjo, Jeanette Winterson, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Alice Walker, Donna Tartt, and Rumi.
What are you working on next?
Oh, my. So many things. Too many, probably. Painted Oxen, my second novel, was released by Homebound Publications in April of 2019. The novel won the 2018 Landmark Prize for Fiction, along with three other literary awards, including the award for Best New Fiction in the 2019 American Fiction Awards. And so I have been busy promoting that. I have also started a third novel, I'm working on a book of essays compiled from six years of my published essays, and I've also been working on a video storytelling project. Oh, and I'm a dad to a very active and creative little boy.
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Love Jaywalks: Poems From The Novel Waking Up At Rembrandts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The novel Waking Up at Rembrandt's is a tale told in part by poems. These poems. Each of which were born of the novel. The novel is a story of three people finding their voices and learning that everything is on its way to somewhere else. It is a story about bridging the worlds of light and dark, spirit and senses, dreaming and waking.
Waking Up At Rembrandt's
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,010. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Maggie is a discouraged lawyer, Dillon, a heart-broken vagabond, and Phillip, a frustrated writer. Their stories are told by the mysterious Jillian, part purveyor of spirits and part spiritual guru. Inside the walls of cafe rembrandt, we fall under Jillian's spell as she artfully trails her Ariadne thread to lead her devotees back into the light.

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