Tom Huddleston is an author, editor, film journalist and musician based in Stoke Newington in East London. He lives in a first-floor flat with his partner Rosie and their son Jonah. Tom’s 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. Planned as the first in a series called The Future King, the book was compared favourably to the likes of His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones, albeit for a younger audience.
Tom’s most recent project has been the Floodworld trilogy, a thrilling, action-packed adventure saga set in a future world where the seas have risen and society has broken down. The first book, FloodWorld, came out in 2019, and follows the adventures of Kara and Joe, two brave youngsters who have grown up in the ruins of a flooded city. Packed with pirates, treasure maps, explosions, chases, villains, heroes, twists and surprises, Floodworld was published by Nosy Crow Books.
The second book in the trilogy is DustRoad, published in 2020. This time, our heroes head to the ravaged continent of North America, where a raggtag army is on the march. Packed with thrilling action sequences, epic landscapes and major twists, DustRoad was also published by Nosy Crow Books.
The third and final book in the trilogy is StormTide, published in 2021. A world-ending storm is coming, and now only Kara and Joe can hold back the tide. In the ocean depths lies a terrible secret: a machine with the power to wipe out humanity.
Sailing at the head of a mighty armada, Mariner terrorist John Cortez will do anything to get his hands on it. Can Kara, Joe and their intrepid allies get there in time to stop the apocalypse? An epic, thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, StormTide was published by Mister Zero Books.
The FloodWorld trilogy has garnered rave reviews from critics and bloggers. Time Out London said of the first book: ‘This fast-paced futuristic adventure story set in a sunken, post-climate change London feels like a blockbuster movie in waiting.’, while First News gave it 5 stars, calling the book ‘Impossible to put down.’ Blogger Anne Thompson aka A Library Lady raved that FloodWorld was ‘An epic dystopian novel that grabs you from the first chapter and hurls you into a world that feels disturbingly believable.’
Tom has also just completed work on a series of six epic fantasy stories for younger readers entitled Warhammer Adventures. Published by Games Workshop, the books 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 in shops now – 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.
Tom is also a keen editor, working on both fiction and non fiction projects. If you’re looking for a sympathetic, details-focused editor for an upcoming project, you can contact Tom through his Reedsy page.
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, edited copy, 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. He still writes about film and TV for such publications as Little White Lies, The Guardian and the BFI.
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 has hosted countless events in schools and at literary festivals, discussing the FloodWorld trilogy and the issues the books raise around climate change and inequality. He’s also presented events tied into his popular series Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space and Warhammer Adventures. He chaired a discussion on dystopian literature at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, where he also used to run the annual Game of Thrones Pub Quiz with its famous Name That Bum round!
Tom was also part of the team behind the annual Twin Peaks UK Festival, a weekend event where Peaks geeks would 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, editing, live appearances or anything else, feel free to get in touch on social media or via the Contact page.