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A Life in Words

The Story of Thomas Riddell

Thomas Riddell has always been passionate about writing and storytelling.

He wrote his first story as a school project in the first grade, which was titled: The First Boy On The Moon.


He describes himself as an author who  loves exploring and developing interesting characters for his stories. As part of the writing process, he loves immersing himself in research and in the fine-tuning of the stories he feels are the most worthy of telling.

Since 2009, he has authored a memoir, PIECES OF MY PATH, two hometown history books, NEDROW, NEW YORK- THE PEOPLE AND HISTORY, and an historical fiction novel which involves the story of his grandfather, POPPY'S


He is the host of The Writers Lounge- Showcasing New Authors on Blog Talk Radio  which can be found on the "podcast" in the menu. Thomas has also resumed reviewing books and posting about his writing life which can also be found here on his blog.

He currently lives in Liverpool, N.Y. and is working on publishing his next project: The Life And Times Of Benjamin Murphy- A Central New York Ghost Story. Publishing date: Early 2024.


Poppy’s Prison

September, 2020

It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over. Poppy’s Prison, the latest title from Thomas Riddell is something of a departure from his previous work.


The Bootlegger Murder Mystery involves the grandfather/adopted father of the author. Below is an interview excerpt taken from the newspapers, just days after Russell Brice began serving more than twenty years in Sing Sing Prison. "Brice is a cheerful chap, with smiling gray eyes and blonde hair. He is twenty-six years old and is not a bit ashamed of the many crimes of which he has been accused or of the time he has spent in prison.“Behind the downfall of every man there is a woman,” he remarks with the wisdom of the ages. “A woman has placed me where I am. It was her talk which gave me the reputation of being ‘a second Hamby’”. Gordon Hamby was a notorious bank robber and killer who was executed in Sing Sing Prison's electric chair in January of 1920.

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Virginia Woolf



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