I'm a writer, visual artist, and singer enjoying life in Nashville, Tennessee.
On my father's side, I'm a distant relation of Henry David Thoreau (Torode and Thoreau are alternate spellings of Thorold, a family originating on the Isle of Guernsey). On my mother's side, my ancestors include Texas farmers, preachers, outlaws, banjo players, and Cherokee Indians.
A few of my favorite storytellers are Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, P. G. Wodehouse, John Kennedy Toole, Flannery O'Connor, Ray Bradbury, and Garrison Keillor.
Philosophically, I'm a Transcendentalist (following cousin Henry), and my favorite thinkers include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Joseph Campbell, and Rupert Sheldrake.
Groucho Marx said it best: "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Readers can connect with me at www.goodreads.com/sam_torode