He did not speak to them         except in parables.

                                     Mark 3:34


My novels, What Would Gilligan Do? and In Poor Taste, were first drafted in 2000 and 2007, respectively. The first, originally titled Preposterous, made it all the way to Oz but never saw the Wizard; that is, it attracted the interest of a prominent New York agent and made the rounds of major publishing houses, generating some compliments but no contract. I forged ahead with the second novel, but finished just as the recession created an even narrower market for a new writer with risky content. Discouraged, I shelved the books and went on with life. Still, the positive feedback of those who read the manuscripts convinced me that there is an audience, however small, for my peculiar brand of serio-comic-satirical-fable-realism. I also observed the movement toward small, indepependent publishers. So, after much consideration, I revised both manuscripts and published both electronic and print versions.    

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What Would Gilligan Do?

Praise from David James Duncan, author of The River Why and The Brothers K: "Jesus uses parables to shoot spiritual truth through skulls so thick that nothing else can penetrate. Having set himself the mad task of incarnating this same Jesus on the soul-skewing streets of L.A., Tom Schmidt has expanded the Master's go-to genre to novelistic length, turned Jesus into a stylin’ P.I.B. (Persons In Black), channeled voices as varied as those of, oh, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Norman Lear, Oscar de la Renta, and Cheech and Chong, put the Son through deft City of Angels paces, and achieved a comic grandeur that, without straining, flirts constantly with the profound. What does any of this have to do with Gilligan? As the Skipper (a.k.a. Buddha) will soon tell you, everything!" 

Amazon description: Jesus pays a little visit to Beverly Hills and discovers that everyone but him has a clear agenda. A series of encounters leads him to a network executive who decides to cast Jesus as himself alongside a Buddha and five celebrity castaways on a “three hour tour.”  Will it be another trash TV spinoff, the Ultimate Reality show . . . or something else altogether? What Would Gilligan Do? is a satirical fable, or a modern gospel, that delivers a soulful punch line true to its daring choice of protagonist.


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In Poor Taste

When new millionaire Phill Grayson covers the grounds of his Summit Avenue mansion with tacky lawn art, it is not surprising that his snooty neighbors begin to talk.  But when the lawn art itself begins to talk, Phill learns that there is more at stake than artistic taste.  Part fable, part satire, part spiritual quest, In Poor Taste explores the borders of reality and offers several good ideas for pie.


Purchase a SIGNED copy for $14.95 + $3.05 ph directly from me by email and Paypal, or both novels signed for $33.

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