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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tom Mach  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Tom left Chicago in 1969 and currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and two children.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tom Mach wrote three successful historical novels, Sissy!. All Parts Together, and Angels at Sunset. Author Mach’s fascination for Chicago history, particularly the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, inspired Angels at Sunset. Sissy! and All Parts Together—both of which won rave reviews and were listed among the 150 best Kansas books in 2011.Sissy! won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award while All Parts Together was a viable entrant for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Award. Mach was recently honored for formulating a resolution to honor the centennial for the passage of Kansas suffrage by the Kansas legislature, which formally named it the "Kansas Angels at Sunset Centennial" resolutions after the title of his suffrage novel, Angels at Sunset. Mach also wrote a collection of short stories entitled Stories To Enjoy which received positive reviews. In addition to he has also published several different ebooks.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Sissy!: Book One of the Jessica Radford Trilogy (Bk. 1)
ISBN: 0974515922

Hill Song Press. 2003

In 1857, Nellie, a slave girl, is rescued by the Underground Railroad. Five years later, Jessica Radford's parents, who had adopted the girl, are brutally murdered by a border ruffian and Nellie is kidnapped. How does Sissy, Nellie's angel, finally bring Jessica peace on the most brutal battlefield of the Civil War-Lawrence, Kansas?

The Uni Verse: A Journey Into Our Amazing Cosmos
ISBN: 0974515981

Hill Song Press. 2007

The Uni Verse explores in poetic form the intriguing mythological, philosophical, scientific, and religious explanations of what the universe is, how it was created, and why we are here.

All Parts Together: Book Two of the Jessica Radford Trilogy (Bk. 2)
ISBN: 0974515949

Hill Song Press. 2006

The book's title comes from poet Walt Whitman, who wrote, "Sure as Life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together." This is the second book of Tom Mach's exciting trilogy on the life of a 19th-century woman named Jessica Radford. In All Parts Together, Jessica, in 1863, survives the infamous Quantrill raid of Lawrence, Kansas, where almost 200 unarmed civilians were killed, and she eventually goes to Washington, D.C. A headstrong, independent young woman writer, she faces obstacles in her path as she seeks to influence Congress to enact emancipation of slaves in all the states.

Stories to Enjoy
ISBN: 0974515914

Hill Song Press. 2010

This unique collection of 16 short stories written by prize-winner Tom Mach includes stories such as "Real Characters," which is about a writer who gets his wish--that his characters come alive.... "Breakfast, Over Easy" makes you wonder about loyalty in the face of temptation.... "When Kansas Women Were Not Free" takes you to a time when women were less free than former males slaves.... "Son" make you think differently about compassion. One novelist describes STORIES TO ENJOY as "memorable and intriguing, with O. Henry twists that are sure to surprise and entertain."

Angels at Sunset (The Jessica Radford Trilogy) (Volume 3)
ISBN: 0974515957

Hill Song Press. 2012

A historically accurate novel about a woman named Jessica who, in 1920, recalls a time when she fought alongside women such as Susan B. Anthony for their rights. It depicts an earlier time when, after witnessing the 1871 Chicago Fire, she is jailed for picketing the White House 46 years later. Now she unaware that that a revengeful man is following her, intent on murdering her and her family.

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