Danny Thomas grew up in East Tennessee in the 1950s and 1960s. After
graduating from Clinton High School in 1966 and playing football for legendary
Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama from 1966 through 1971, he worked
as a teacher/administrator for 20 years in Durham, North Carolina.
His family, wife, Cynthia, two daughters and a son, accompanied him to new
jobs in Salisbury and Sanford, North Carolina. Upon retirement in 2006, the family moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he began consulting work which allows him time for writing. He has twice been recognized by the California Writers Club West Side Story Contest [now known as Write On! Story Contest] in
Berkeley, CA for his Alabama stories, “Cake Takers” and “Gladrags,” and in
2011 he won first prize in the Hackney Literary Awards in Birmingham with
“Unbidden,” a North Carolina story.
His first historical fiction novel, Clinch River Pearls, was published in February, 2013. The Thomas family divides their time between home most of the year in Winston-Salem and summers at an island retreat in north Ontario. He is currently at work on his third East Tennessee book, a sequel to Pellissippi Ghosts, titled Pegasus Ascending which will complete the trilogy begun with Clinch River Pearls.