About

I live in Buffalo, New York with my family, a cat named Graham, and a dog named Ripley.

I’ve been writing since the age of 10, which incidentally happens to be the same year we read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud in class. The very first story I ever remember writing was about a haunted boat. While the quality of my storytelling has vastly improved over the years, I can’t say I’ve strayed too far from that particular genre…

I’ve explored a number of storytelling mediums, from short stories to plays, screenplays, and fanfiction.

In college, I pursued my interests into screenwriting at SUNY Buffalo State and earned a B.A. in Television and Film Arts, which is an interdisciplinary program that selects just 15 students per year. My feature-length screenplay, Post Mortem, (about a grim reaper-like young girl rather than a haunted boat) was nominated for the Michael Collyer Fellowship Award in Screenwriting from the Writer’s Guild of America, East.

What you’ll most likely find in my stories: paranormal romance, ghost stories, soul mates, characters of all shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and orientations, time travel, sketchy organizations, magical realism, fairy tales, urban fantasy, modern people falling in love with the past, colonial/18th century fashion, pre-and Revolutionary America, historical fantasy, morally ambiguous characters, love stories, friendship stories, platonic love.

What you’d most likely find if you met me: I’m a full-time nerd, obsessed with worlds I didn’t create (and those that I have). I watch a lot of TV and have a list a mile long of books I need to read. Sometimes I talk about writing more than I actually write. Aside from books, TV is probably my favorite storytelling medium.

Having grown up around musicians and playing music myself, I’ll pretty much listen to anything. Playlists help me get inspired.

I’m into history. Ancient Egypt was my first historical obsession in grade school. In high school, it was pirates, the American Revolution, and the 1960s. College introduced me to WWI and WWII. The aesthetics of the 18th century and the 1940s are my favorites.

I’m a huge Marvel fan and Trekkie.

Favorite TV shows: NBC’s Hannibal (I owe my cat’s name to Will Graham), Band of Brothers, Sleepy Hollow, Heroes, American Horror Story, Agent Carter, and most likely a lot of others I’m forgetting.

Favorite Historical Figures: Easy Company (of Band of Brothers fame), Sybil Ludington, Joseph Warren, Julie d’Aubigny, John Pitcairn, Alice Roosevelt, John Hancock, among others.

Favorite Movies: A Little Princess is what I consider my all-time favorite movie. I also like: the Captain America franchise, Strangers on a Train, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, It’s a Wonderful Life, Wings (1927), Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beauty and the Beast, Ratatouille, Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek (2009). 

My favorite book is The Giver by Lois Lowry.

I am, by nature, painfully shy, which is probably why I work better as a writer rather than a speaker. That being said, if you enjoyed something I wrote, don’t hesitate to say hi!

You can chat with me via email at jmthomas520@gmail.com.

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