Mr. Clavin is appearing courtesy of St. Martin's Press
Tom Clavin was born in the Bronx, and when he was eight his family moved to Long Island. He graduated from Deer Park High School, and then attended Suffolk Community College, University of Southern California, SUNY Albany, and SUNY Stony Brook, eventually scoring a Master's Degree in literature. After knocking around the country for a while, his first professional job was as a publicist and proofreader for Sterling Publishing, which at the time produced annual editions of "The Guinness Book of World Records." He began freelance writing and editing in 1980, and moved to Sag Harbor, NY two years later. Tom still lives there, and his two children, Kathryn and Brendan, were born and raised in Sag Harbor. His professional positions have included working in the newspaper game on eastern Long Island – 15 years as a roving writer for The New York Times, managing editor of The East Hampton Star, editor-in-chief of the Independent chain of weeklies, and writing arts features and the "Farther East" column for the Press News Group. Gradually, writing nonfiction books became his full-time occupation.