Tommy Wallach is the author of the Anchor & Sophia trilogy, Thanks for the Trouble, and the New York Times bestselling We All Looked Up, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Tin House, Wired, and other magazines, and he is a MacDowell Fellow. He was signed to Decca Records as a singer-songwriter, and has independently released two full-length albums, including We All Looked Up: The Album, a companion record to his first novel. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he recently opened up his first escape room, and is working on bringing his novels to various sorts of screens.
“I grew up in Berkeley, California in a house filled with books. I started telling stories before I could read, so my mother took dictation until I learned how to turn the words in my head into words on a page. She knew I was going to be a writer when I grew up, but it took me a while to catch up.
I studied at NYU in New York and London before heading to Hollywood to make my living in the film business. I worked as a feature film development executive until 2008, when I finally realized that it was time to start telling my own stories, in my own words. I called my mother and said, “I think I want to be a writer.”
She said, “I told you so.”
I began my television career on USA Network’s hit show BURN NOTICE. USA then bought and produced my first pilot, HORIZON. Gale Anne Hurd, legendary producer of everything from THE TERMINATOR to THE WALKING DEAD oversaw production. Since then I’ve developed original pilots for networks including AMC, BBC America, Fox, Starz, and Warner Brothers Television.
THE PIONEER is the story of a young adult adventure story about a young woman struggling to deal with the loss of her beloved big brother while her family struggles to survive on a brand new planet. It will be published by HarperTeen in March of 2019.
These days, I live in Oregon with my husband, a Robotics professor at Oregon State University, and my daughter, a toddler who loves to sing. “