Tommy Wallach

Tommy Wallach is the author of the Anchor & Sophia trilogy, Thanks for the Trouble, and the New York Times bestselling We All Looked Up, which has been translated into over a dozen languages. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’sTin HouseWired, and other magazines, and he is a MacDowell Fellow. He was signed to Decca Records as a singer-songwriter, and has independently released two full-length albums, including We All Looked Up: The Album, a companion record to his first novel. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he recently opened up his first escape room, and is working on bringing his novels to various sorts of screens. Grok more at

Books by this Author

Slow Burn
Strange Fire
Thanks for the Trouble
We All Looked Up


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. That's My Toy, You Get Your Own

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Nabokov. We share a debilitating sense of humility.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

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Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I wish I could say it was some Shakespeare quote. But it's probably "like," like everyone I know. It's, like, the best word, like, ever.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right now I’m in Seattle, sitting across a table from my mom, drinking a macchiato. So I’m good.

Author Voices

January 09, 2014

I feel confident that something is supposed to be here. So here is my first post. My name's Tommy. I write things. A pretty girl just came into this coffee shop, so now I'm distracted. Okay, she's gone. Say something smart, Tommy! Um...particle physics. That's smart, right? Alright, then. Good talk.


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