About the Author

Tom McKay is an historian and museum consultant who lives in his hometown of Hampton, Illinois.  He worked for more than two decades as Coordinator of the Office of Local History at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.  In 2007, he received a national award from the American Association for State and Local History for an outstanding career of dedicated service to local museums in Iowa and Wisconsin.

Tom has been writing fiction for fifteen years.  His short stories have appeared in the Wapsipinicon Almanac, Vermont Ink, Downstate Story, the Wisconsin River Valley Journal, and the Out Loud Anthology series of the Midwest Writing Center in Davenport, Iowa. Small town life has taken him to more pancake breakfasts, household auctions, and softball tournaments than he can count.