Successful boomer novelist rekindles spirit of Steinbeck

Here’s a baby boomer’s “life-story” we like: five years ago when Tom Winton of Dahlonega, Georgia, was sixty-three years old, he had his first book published. Since then he has released six more novels, all best-sellers and all geared towards baby boomers. The newest, A New Dawn in Deer Isle, is about a man who decides to take the trip he and his beloved wife had dreamed about before she passed away. So he sets out in his old van across America, following the same route John Steinbeck took in 1959 with his pet poodle Charley. Here is an excerpt:

“For thirty-five months my life had been a living hell. Every morning, noon, and night relentless flames ravaged my mind, my spirit, and my soul. You see, in 2011 my wife and I moved to that blazing-hot inferno they call Florida.

Novelist Tom Winton

Novelist Tom Winton

And by the time we’d made it just halfway through the first nine-month summer in that overdeveloped, sub-tropical jungle, we absolutely hated the place. Then in September of the same year, with our hearts broken because we had made the move and couldn’t afford to go back to Long Island, my Lorna began to weaken.

It had come on suddenly, and I told her to see a doctor. But Lorna insisted it was only because she was a little tired. She was wrong. And she’d only been feeling that way for three days when, on the way home from shopping at Wal-Mart late one morning, she suddenly felt a vice-like pressure and tremendous pain in her left shoulder and arm. Groceries in the back of the van or no groceries I rushed her straight to Martin Memorial Hospital. But by the time we pulled up to the emergency entrance, Lorna’s breathing was labored. Three days later the woman I’d loved for more than forty years was gone.

winton-deer-isle-coverI’m afraid I can’t tell you where I am as I write this story because that would give away the ending and it’s far too good a story to let that happen. I can’t tell you if I’m in heaven, hell or anywhere in between. I may still be alive in Podunk, Alaska or living in a chalet atop the world’s most scenic mountain.

My mind could still be knotted in the same dark state of irreversible sadness it was three years ago, or it could have finally found its way to that most joyous of all destinations they call “nirvana.”

No, I can’t give away any of that right now. But what I can do is start at the very beginning of my amazing journey. And if you want to come along you’d better buckle up. It’s going to be one heck of a ride.”

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Barbara Silkstone
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Just popping in to say that I have read and enjoyed all of Tom Winton’s books. He so deftly paints a picture with words, that a reader can easily identify with the characters. Thank you for this post.

Tom Winton
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Barbara, thank you so much for your kind words, and for reading my novels. I deeply appreciate both.

Margaret Sharp
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What an enticing opening! Small wonder Tom Winton’s books are best-sellers.

Tom Winton
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Thanks so much, Margaret. I appreciate that.

Lorraine Nelson
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I really need to get this book. Sounds like a winner. Good going, Tom. 🙂

Tom Winton
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Thanks very much, Lorraine. A New Dawn in Deer Isle is doing very well, and I’m thrilled with all the super reviews it has received.

Sharon Siebert
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At least others agree! Alas, another star is born….Blanche…break out the bubbly! Poppas got a winner here!

Tom Winton
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Ha! Thanks so much, Sharon. I’m tickled with the way the book is doing so far, and with the reviews it has gotten.

Rose Phillips
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In a land of competiveness, Tom offers a helping hand to authors, stopping his own work, penning dreamy novels. Short stories too. They’re dreamy because they transcend the reader to his land of 3D characters, settings and spell binding stories. A boomer who makes some sweet noise with his words, and generosity.

Tom Winton
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Awww … thank you so much, Rose. I deeply appreciate your kind, elegant words. And I’m really glad you’ve enjoyed my books.

Leslie Muccilli
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Tom is not only a great creator in his awesome novels but a wonderful amazing man.He has a lot of followers on Facebook and he answers every post that all his fans comment on his page.I can hardly wait to read his newest novel,his novels take your breath away and certainly cannot put his book down until you have read to the end of his novels-keep up the good work Tom 🙂 🙂 🙂

Tom Winton
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Leslie, thank you so much for helping to make my day. I truly appreciate it.

Leslie Muccilli
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You are welcome my friend

Sandra Nachlinger
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I’m looking forward to reading your books, starting with A New Dawn in Deer Isle. Having lived in South Florida myself, I chuckled when I read your excerpt. Can’t wait to read the rest of the story.

Tom Winton
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That’s fab, Sandra. I really appreciate your interest and sure hope you enjoy my tales.

Soooz
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The name Tom Winton needs to be remembered. With the quality of his writing, he will be. This book promises to be another winner.

Tom Winton
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Thanks so much, Soooz. You’re terrific.

Margaret Skea
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What a intriguing premise to follow in Steinbeck’s footsteps. Tom is such a generous writer in encouraging others (including so many of his FB friends) – he deserves the success he’s having.

Tom Winton
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Thank you so much, Margaret. It’s people like you that encourage me and keep me tapping at the keys.

michael gallagher
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Hey Tom
Great to see your work here. Hemingway step aside…

Tom Winton
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Thanks so much, Michael! I’m so glad you stopped into BoomerCafe to see this piece about me.

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