"I wanted to write and publish novels after I came across a handwritten crime story penned by my oldest brother and left in his wardrobe at home when he went overseas. It was a long road but I got there eventually. You can read excerpts from my novels at Amazon".
Attracted to the Beatnik subculture in the 1960s, like many teenagers at the time, Thomas W Devine began by composing poetry. He became a published novelist in his leisure years. One of his books is set in Europe, another in the Caribbean (to which he has ancestral ties) and others in various parts of his homeland.
Not a rebel in his working life, he spent most of it in the administration of public law dealing with protected areas, wrote occasional articles on conservation and developed a deep interest in social justice issues.
He was born in Blenheim and educated at Marlborough College and, later, Waikato University. He lives in the northern suburbs of New Zealand’s capital city with his wife and family. He is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN) Inc.