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Tom Dell'Aringa
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Tom Dell’Aringa is a science fiction writer from the Chicago area who loves great characters. Rick Deckard. Dirk Gently. Ellen Ripley. Roland Deschain. You know who these people are, right? His stories have believable worlds populated with people you’ll learn to love - and possibly hate. Either way, his readers call his books "page-turners" for a reason. Each chapter is like the end of that latest Netflix show you are binging... just... one... more. When he’s not listening to an interesting podcast or chasing down a new bottle of whiskey for his collection, you’ll find him on a long walk working out the next big moment in his next book.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I'm a lifelong learner and creative with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. Aside from writing, I love to exercise, listen to books and podcasts while going for long walks, and watch my favorite movies and shows. I also design games, and I love playing all game genres.

When and why did you start writing books?

I fell in love with books at a very young age, first reading Peanuts comics and discovering fiction. Once I read Lord of the Rings, I knew I wanted to write my own stories. I wrote some things in high school and college, but they were very derivative and weak. I got serious about writing in 2008 when I began putting out my own graphic novels. That prepared me well to finally dig into writing my own science fiction series.

What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

I'm driven to create worlds and stories, and I want to share them. I also want to end my career doing something that gets me up every morning, and that's writing!

Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?

I have a special place in my heart for Blanchland Blues, the first book in the series, because it was the book that showed I could write something that others would value and love the same as me.

Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

The second book, Robot Bebop, was tough because I was almost halfway in when I had to scrap a big portion that was not working. I had a serious fear of a sophomore curse. Working through that taught me more about writing in a year than I learned in my whole life.

Who is your favourite author and book?

That's nearly impossible to answer, but I always have to say Tolkien and LOTR when pressed.

What book are you reading right now?

I am always reading multiple books, but I am finishing up the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Inspiration is everywhere, and in everything.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Movies, eating, gaming, enjoying friends and family.

Do you have any new books in the works?

I am working on book three of my series right now.



As his warship comes under attack by a devastating alien horror, a drug-addicted recruit stumbles upon a secret super soldier compound. In his hand is the one hope to save the ship. But to do it, he’ll have to face his crippling fear of the alien on the other side of the hatch. It all began when as a new recruit, Jimi saw “the footage.” Chaotic visuals of the horrific alien Sasori injected into Sol United fleet ships as killing machines in the war with the Andromedans. The creatures destroyed crew and ship alike and were impervious to conventional weaponry. Seeing the scorpion-like alien in action awakes a primal fear he can't control. Night terrors follow, disturbing squad mates already on edge from the stress of war. Jimi is an outcast in his own unit. In desperation, he turns to the illegal drug hoosh and finds himself AWOL, hidden in the belly of the ship. Crippled by his own terror and addiction, Jimi is unknowingly on the next ship targeted for insertion. His greatest fear of coming face-to-face with the alien horror is about to be realized. ★★★★★ - This is one of the best books I’ve read in along time. This book was like an acid trip ending too soon. I highly recommend this book to fans of sci-fi, thrillers and suspense. - Matthew W Seniff ★★★★★ - I'm always on the lookout for great quick reads and listens. Tom Dell'Aringa's little story was just that. It's quick paced, primal, and full of suspense, I found myself sucked into its world. It feels lived in, with plenty of opportunity to grow, but not lacking for its purpose. Steve Ogden's narration is fantastic as well! If you're looking for something you can dive into and enjoy in one sitting, I highly recommend checking this one out. - Viviane Regina (via Audible)