Tom Phelan had just turned fifty when his first novel, In the Season of the Daisies, was accepted for publication by Lilliput Press in Dublin.
Books Ireland’s reviewer wrote, “The most obvious question posed by a novelistic debut with as much resounding vigor as this is: Where has Mr. Phelan been?”
Since then, Tom has written five additional novels – Iscariot, Derrycloney, The Canal Bridge, Nailer and Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told – and has seen his works published in four countries and three languages.
Tom has also written for Newsday, The Irish Echo, The Journal of the American Irish Historical Association, and other publications.
He is currently working on a novel set against the backdrop of a Marian apparition in Ireland.
Born and raised on a farm in Mountmellick, County Laois, in the Irish midlands, Phelan now makes his home in New York.
Trace Literary secured a two book deal for Tom with Skyhorse Publishing USA. In 2014, the U.S. edition of his novel of Ireland in World War I, The Canal Bridge, was published. Books Ireland calls the book “a powerful and deeply affecting novel”.
In 2015, Skyhorse published his second novel, Lies the Mushroom Pickers Told. Shelf Awareness describes this novel as “a masterful portrait of Irish village life disguised as a murder mystery”.
We are currently looking for a publisher for Tom Phelan’s memoir, Working for John Joe, which deals with his life growing up and working on his father’s small farm in Ireland.