KNOXVILLE WRITER'S GUILD / November 4, 2021 7:00 - 8:00 PM
"Author and playwright Thomas Atkinson shares how he finds characters (or they find him), and how to make quirky characters from the fringes of society more fully realized. He’ll discuss the genesis of characters from his novel TIKI MAN and the evolution of minor character Tampon John from joke to supporting cast. Harry Crews’ fearlessness in choosing characters will also be discussed"
TIKI MAN / 2021
Out Now! Tiki Man is now available to order through the Regal House Publishing website or Amazon.com. Order your copy today!
TIKI MAN / 2021
Thomas Atkinson's second novel, Tiki Man, will be published by Regal House Publishing in the fall of 2021. The following is a quote from the publisher's author profile.
"...the judge was kind enough to write that the main character, 'Is tough, wise, and kind, her heartaches and triumphs so honestly rendered that for the length of this piece I believed she was real, out there somewhere, whispering her story to me.' In Tiki Man, I hope Pere and Tammy conjure this strange alchemy for you, even after the pages run out."
The best author you've never read”
Awards & Nominations
TIKI MAN / Novel
FINALIST. 2014 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest.
PUBLISHED. Regal House Publishing (2021)
STANDING DEADWOOD: COLLECTED STORIES
SEMI-FINALIST. 2015 Spokane Prize for Fiction (Willow Springs Edition)
FINALIST. 2014 Spokane Prize for Fiction (Willow Springs Edition)
FINALIST. 2014 St. Lawrence Book Award for Fiction (Black Lawrence Press)
GRIMACE IN THE BURNT BLACK HILLS / Short Story
2X NOMINATED. 2013 Pushcart Prize
PUBLISHED. New Stories from the Midwest 2016
RED, WHITE & BLUE / Short Story
FINALIST. 2013 Danahy Fiction Prize (Tampa Review)
GRACE IN THE EMBERS / Short Story
WON. 1st Pl December magazine’s 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award in Fiction
ME & MR. TINKLES / Short Story
WON. 2016 Fish Publishing International Short Story Contest
RUINT HORSE / Short Story
FINALIST. 2014 Danahy Fiction Prize (Tampa Review)
OHIO ARTS COUNCIL INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
5X WINNER. 2014, 2012, 1996, 1988, 1985
Ohio Arts Council/Fine Arts Work Center
2013 Writer-in-Residence in Provincetown, MA
DANCING TURTLE / Short Play
WON. 2013 38th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
WON. Aesthetica Annual Creative Writing Award Anthology 2017 UK
WON. Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2016 UK