Thom Racina hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin, went to school in Albuquerque and Chicago, where he got a MFA in Theatre Arts and Directing, lived in Los Angeles for 25 years, but now makes his home in Palm Springs, California. He's an accomplished pianist, loves to cook, and is a travel junkie—he's when he's in Row 3 on any American Airlines plane.
Next to books, theatre and music are Thom's passion, and he's authored several musicals for children: "Allison Wonderland," the Alice story retold as she falls into a television set (with a new version just produced as "Allison Webland"), "The Wizard of Odds," with an anti-bullying theme, "The Marvelous Misadventure of Sherlock Holmes," and a contemporary musical version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." All four plays are published by Samuel French, Inc. and are performed all over the world.
To put himself through college—Thom graduated from Chicago's famed Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute with an MFA in Theatre Arts and Directing—he wrote books he wouldn't put his name on. Westerns, romances, porn, whatever the publisher needed that weekend (he wrote over 200 of them in about 3 years). He graduated to mainstream publishing with a take-off on The Happy Hooker called "The Happy Hustler" (Warner Books), which he invented in a weekend, and sold three million copies, spawning three sequels. He then ghost-wrote seven books for Xaviera Hollander (The Happy Hooker), made up life stories for Ivory Soap girl-turned-porn-star Marilyn Chambers and Fanne Fox (Wilbur Mills and the Tidal Basin), and turned out 25 novelizations of TV shows and major motion pictures. He has been published by Warner, Dell, NAL, Berkeley, Ace, Putnam and Penguin. In total, he authored 212 books before his breakthrough success with Blizzard.
"The Great Los Angeles Blizzard," published by Putnam's in 1977, and which was to become the basis for the ratings-breaking "Ice Princess" story on General Hospital (snow on Port Charles), was a best seller at a time when disaster stories were the rage.
In the 19 years between Blizzard and his next novel, Thom gave the world over 4,000 broadcast hours of General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Another World, Santa Barbara, Generations and Search for Tomorrow, besides writing for the much-acclaimed nighttime series, Family. As head writer for the soaps, he received five Emmy nominations, one specifically for Luke and Laura's wedding on GH, the single highest-rated episode in daytime history. He also worked in Hamburg and Toronto writing Family Passions, a Canadian/German production. In 2012, he served as co-head writer (with his dear friend Susie Bedsow Horgan) of the online reboot of One Life to Live. Of his years writing serials, he says, "It was a treadmill, but so much fun to play God."
Thom has over a million copies of his thrillers in print:
"Snow Angel," published in hardcover in 1996 and in mass market in 1997, has been translated into five languages. Romantic Times called it "a breathtaking read, a devilish treat that will leave you crying for more." It was bought for the movies three times, but never made it to the screen. Thom still has hope.
"Hidden Agenda," a political thriller, was published in hardcover by Dutton in 1998, and was the lead Onyx paperback title for March 1999.
"Secret Weekend," a thriller set in Honolulu and Hong Kong, was published by Penguin/Putnam (NAL) in November 1999.
"The Madman's Diary," a thriller set in Palm Springs and Mexico's Baja Peninsula, was published by Penguin/Putnam (NAL) in the summer of 2000.
"Never Forget," set in Paris, Amsterdam and Hollywood, is Thom Racina's Sidney Sheldon thriller, jet set, bigger than life, older woman, younger man and the girl that comes between them--in other words, passion can kill. Published by NAL in the fall of 2002.
"Deadly Games" published in December 2003 tells the tale of Practice Run, a computer game that's captivating the imaginations of teenagers. The mastermind behind it is being hailed as a creative genius. Then, across the country religious leaders are being murdered. The connection? Each suspect was addicted to Practice Run and driven by its perverted hidden messages to rid the world of religion.
"Deep Freeze," an updated verson of "The Great Los Angeles Blizzard," which has all the ingredients of a perfect summer read: a major natural disaster, an art gallery heist, steamy sex and racial and familial tension, was published June 2005.