After working a year in a lumberyard, in 1974, Tom began his twenty-five-year career as a high school teacher. At one time, Tom also worked part-time in the sporting goods section of a department store, pursued his master’s degree at Wayne State University, and took his first steps toward becoming a freelance writer.
A child of the suburbs, Tom Carney grew up in Center Line, Michigan, two miles north of Detroit, the son of Richard, a plumber and World War II veteran, and Josephine, a bookkeeper. In high school, Tom was a serious student and a fair enough athlete that he was offered the opportunity to play football for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. It didn’t take long for him to realize you can take the boy out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the boy. He returned to Michigan after his freshman year and completed his studies at Oakland University.
Tom has excelled in nearly every form of journalism available to a freelancer, winning dozens of awards for newspaper and magazine writing in areas as diverse as travel, columns, news writing, features, essays, humor, profiles, and news analysis; and photography.
Each of his three previous books – Sun-Drenched Days, Two-Blanket Nights, Natural Wonders of Michigan, and Bird Dogs and Betty Cakes – has won “Best Book” awards. In his current book, Among the Aspens, Tom returns to form with selected columns from the first fifteen years of the 21st century.