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William David Thomas

author William David Thomas

“When I was young, I wanted to be a cowboy, then a baseball pitcher, then an artist. None of those aspirations worked out. I did become a teacher. Twice. Between those stints in public education, I was a human resource for a few corporations, earning my keep by writing. I wrote training programs, software documentation, and user manuals. All non-fiction. I also wrote marketing materials, advertising copy, and executive speeches. Much of that was fiction. Through a friend of a friend, I began writing books for young people, and I’m now doing that full time. ‘Full time’ means when I’m not mowing the lawn, fixing the house, shoveling snow, watching baseball, reading, cooking, singing, visiting my kids, or daydreaming. Although I consider daydreaming part of the writing process.

“I was born, raised, and still live in western New York State, close to the shore of Lake Ontario. I’ve been married to a short lady named Patricia for a very long time. We have three children and three grandchildren. Upon them, the sun rises and sets.”

William’s Book

Hum by William Thomas
HUM by William David Thomas

About the Story


Allen doesn’t remember much from when he was small. He only knows what he is told – that his parents died in an accident and that he was sent to live with his grandparents. But some things remain unexplained. He doesn’t know why he’s so drawn to learning llama facts, or how when he comes across a captive llama, he can understand and speak its language. One thing he does know though, is that the llama won’t be safe where it’s going. When Allen vows to free it, they head out on a dangerous journey of déjà vu. Ages 9-12.