December 3—Simsbury CT, Tom Faustman, author of Dylan’s Monster, was the guest of honor
at a recent Simsbury book club gathering hosted by Emily Sarkis.
Although Tom has visited universities to discuss his first business book, Chameleon Skills, this was his first appearance in a book club setting. “Typically writers spend so much time with their story that it becomes impossible to look at their books with fresh eyes. So this is a real treat for me--to have the opportunity to hear firsthand perspectives—what struck a chord with these ladies and what questions they had,” said Faustman.
Tom was peppered with questions about his service in Vietnam, how his work as an insurance investigator played in the story, the Philadelphia sense of humor, nicknames in the book, and the colorful older women who were thought to be some of the favorite characters in the story. He also discussed the real serial killer that served as inspiration for the character Sylvan. “There was a guy who worked in a Philly tobacco shop that used to dress up in different costumes. Some of my college friends would go there from time to time to get cigars. It turned out years later that he was a serial killer and would lure people into the basement of his shop. My friends were lucky.”
Tom travels to PA, throughout the year--if you are interested in having Tom join your local book club, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dylan’s Monster , a great gift for reading over the holiday breaks, is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dylans-Monster-Tom-George-Faustman/dp/0988786206/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386080610&sr=8-1&keywords=dylans+monster and Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dylans-monster-tom-george-faustman/1116911655?ean=9780988786202