Born, raised and still living in the Bronx, NY. T. Anthony Bland was heavily influenced Star trek The Next Generation's Captain Picard, so much, that he's still hopped up on "Tea, Earl Grey, hot" till this very day. Next to the can of his favorite tea is a can of Chai tea as well. A lover of time wasting video games, which he owes to dad who frequently gave him quarters to play Pinball and Skee-ball...So, naturally he had to get an Xbox when it can out...right? Well of course he did. Psst, don't tell anyone but one of his characters is a game developer!
T. Anthony Bland graduated from The College of New Rochelle with a degree in Communication Studies and minor in psychology. Growing in a single parent home with an older sister, he learned to be independent early in life...and well, had LOTS of time to dream up all sorts of stories. Some say his love of stories come from sitting next to his sister, who would to him.
His first published short story was "Speaking Chinese which was followed up with "In The Apartments Next to Mine" a bold leap of faith. The book, is a collection of short stories about everyday people and urban life in the "big city" is the backdrop for many of the stories in the collection. But you will also find suburban surroundings as well.
Although he grew up in Public Housing (the Projects)in the Bronx, T. Anthony Bland didn't just stay there. In fact, he spent most of his life traveling to work in Manhattan and Queens, NY. He even worked in Long Island as a school bus driver, a Head male Counselor at a camp for children and adults with disabilities up in Putnam County, NY which was surrounded by mountains and trees. He spent 7 years teaching in the Autistic community, serving children and their families at home and in a Day School.
T.Anthony Bland has traveled to Jamaica, Florida, San Francisco, Oregon, Pennsylvania and New Orleans...and you can and will find all these elements incorporated in his storytelling.
Included in the collection is "Speaking Chinese" which he released earlier in the Fall of 2014, it has been updated. The story focuses on a family of 1st. and 2nd generation Americans. Being married to a wife whose parents are from Belize, helped to add elements to this story. You will also find "The Pelham Affair" a love story between a younger man and a much older woman; in the collection. "Kaleidoscope" deals with Schizophrenia and "Spectrum" with Autism and you'll probably laugh just as hard reading "Chamber of Horrors" a story about a trip to the dentist, as you would at the antics of Tolly in "Speaking Chinese" So, as you can see there is more to this author than what "meets the eye" and surely there are more stories and books to come.
In his spare time he loves listening to Jazz and reading Autobiographies, vegetating in front of the TV watching movies, screaming at the television during football season and in his spare, spare time, he fights hordes of zombies with his incredibly, awesomely beautiful wife, Sharol.