Tom Moore was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He went to Memorial University, graduating with an MA in Canadian literature in 1977 and completed an MEd at the University of Ottawa in 1982.
His first novel, Good-Bye Momma was published by Breakwater Books in 1974 and became a Canadian best seller. It was chosen as a “Children’s Choice” by the Children’s Book Centre in Toronto and was translated into Danish by Monksgaard publishers of Copenhagen in 1982. It was later translated into Romanian by Cite Libra publishers. The CBC produced a radio play version broadcast nationally in 1980. The Canadian Book of Lists called it one of the 10 best children’s books written in Canada.
Other books followed: The Black Heart, a collection of poetry, published by Harry Cuff Publishers in St. John’s; Wilfred Grenfell, a children’s biography, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside in Toronto.
In 1994 Angels Crying became Moore’s second national best seller, with a national reading tour sponsored by the Canada Council. It is the true story of his student, a sexual assault victim. It has become a case study for a number of university schools of social work, including Memorial University, Dalhousie University, College of the North Atlantic, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. It was translated into Chinese by New Sprouts publishers of Taipei in 2002.
In 2000 The Plains of Madness, a work of historic fiction, won the inaugural Percy Janes award for best novel manuscript in Newfoundland. His story The Sign on my Father’s House was published as a winning entry in Canadian Storyteller, Toronto, in the summer of 2004.
Several of his poems have been used as operatic song settings nationally and internationally: His poems Ancestors, Songs, and Caplin Scull were broadcast on CBC radio in 1992 by Lyn Channing of the Music Department University of Calgary; and his poem Songs was presented by Peter Mannion and the Galway University Choir in Ireland in 2006. His poem Ancestors was read at the welcoming ceremony for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Newfoundland in 1998.
Moore has been a member of the Writers Union of Canada for years and in 1982 served on the national executive as Atlantic Canada representative. He has been a member of the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador for years, served on its executive and as president in 1990.
Moore’s most recent novel, The Sign on My Father’s House, was published this May by Flanker Press.