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. My favorite philosophers 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
My latest project, an album of jazz standards, is at www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016K6D8NI