Thomas M. Reid was born in a snowstorm in the Colorado mountains two days before the Christmas of 1966. He grew up in Texas, and he owns a cowboy hat and boots but no oil wells or accent. After earning a B.A. in History from the University of Texas in 1989, he promptly pursued a career in the exciting, fast-paced world of swing-set construction. Since then, he has held a variety of positions related to word-smithing. Today, Thomas lives on a sprawling, quarter-acre cat ranch in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, which he shares with his lovely wife Teresa and three sons named Aidan, Galen, and Quinton – all four of whom are much smarter than he is.