Tom Huddleston is an author, film journalist and musician based in Stoke Newington in East London. He lives in a top-floor flat with his partner Rosie and their ever-expanding family of dust mites. His prize possessions include an original ‘Star Wars’ storyboard depicting the Falcon flying under Yavin (see pic), some early-edition Mervyn Peake art books, a gorgeous Guild acoustic guitar and a log signed by the actual Log Lady.
Tom was born in Kendal in 1976, when it was still in the county of Westmoreland. He grew up all over Yorkshire, attending primary school in Threshfield in the Dales, secondary school in York and university in Sheffield.
These ancient landscapes inspired Tom’s first novel The Waking World, a fantastical adventure for younger readers. Inspired by the ancient legends of King Arthur, it’s an action-packed tale of magic, mystery, friendship and betrayal set in a strange but somehow familiar world. The book was compared favourably to the likes of His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones, albeit for a younger audience.
Tom’s new book is called Floodworld, a thrilling, action-packed adventure fulled of pirates, chases and sunken cities. Look for it in all good bookshops in 2019.
He’s also hard at work on a new series of stories for younger readers entitled Warhammer Adventures. Published by Games Workshop, these riveting stories of fantasy and adventure follow a group of kids who must set out on a dangerous quest when their mentor is kidnapped by hideous rat-men known as the Skaven. The journey will take them across the Mortal Realms, eight interconnected worlds filled with monsters, magic and mayhem. Look for the books from February 2019 – and find out more about them here.
Another recent writing project has been Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space, an official series of Star Wars tie-in novels from Egmont Books and Lucasfilm. Set in the period following the fall of the Old Republic and the rise of the Empire, but before the founding of the Rebellion (ie, between Revenge of the Sith and the Rebels cartoon series), the books follow young Lina and Milo Graf, who flee into uncharted space after their parents are abducted by Imperial forces.
Tom wrote three books in the series: The Nest, in which the children take shelter on a mysterious jungle world and come face to face with a terrifying monster; The Dark, in which our heroes find themselves marooned on an out-of-control spaceship in some very unpleasant company; and series finale The Rescue in which Milo and Lina confront the Grand Moff Tarkin himself in an effort to rescue their parents from the evil Empire.
Until he quit to focus on writing fiction, Tom worked on the Film desk at Time Out magazine, a publication with a proud history of film writing. He reviewed movies, put together the weekly events guide, interviewed the occasional celebrity and wrote ridiculous online lists of everything from the Top 50 Star Wars Characters to the 10 Best Yorkshire Movies.
His favourite interviewees include directors David Lynch, Steven Spielberg and Richard Stanley, music legends Neil Young and Ray Davies, and actors Bill Murray, Michelle Williams, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Lawrence and of course the endlessly charming Tom Hiddleston.
In his spare time, Tom sings and plays occasional guitar in a cosmic, droney folk-rock group called The No Sorrows. He also writes the songs. Their first album is available now – you can listen to it now on Spotify, and order vinyl copies online from Norman Records, or by emailing directly via the Contacts page.
Tom helps out with the annual Stoke Newington Literary Festival, where he hosts their very popular Game of Thrones Pub Quiz. He also chaired a discussion on dystopian literature, and has joined panels on writing for young people at festivals including the SNLF and the London Book Fair. He loves speaking in front of an audience, and has presented numerous live Star Wars events for kids along with fellow Star Wars author Cavan Scott and part-wookiee illustrator JAKe.
Tom is also part of the team behind the annual Twin Peaks UK Festival, a weekend event where Peaks geeks can get together, eat donuts and enjoy Q&A sessions with members of the original cast, hosted by Tom. Here he is with Peaks icons Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Horse and James Marshall, as well as cast and crew from the recent Twin Peaks: The Return.
If you have any questions for Tom about books, films, music or anything else, feel free to get in touch through the Contact page.