Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Twisted by the Wind by Tom Hays

Welcome to Author Tom Hays:


Tom Hays is an artist and writer and a serial entrepreneur, previously owning and operating a variety of business ventures.

Tom also compiles and publishes quotations through his website,, which emails inspirational and motivational quotes to subscribers daily at no charge. He established this ministry more than ten years ago, and it has grown to hundreds of recipients daily plus thousands of readers on various websites where the “Pearl of the Day” appears.

Tom has been in the retail optical business, owned an advertising agency, an audio/visual production company, built a chain of thirty-eight automobile quick oil-change centers, started a food packaging and marketing company, and owned a market research company, conducting radio listenership research in 105 radio markets in the United States. He was also a principal in several other private and publicly owned companies, including those involved in oil and gas exploration, music production, greeting cards, and business acquisition. He is also an ordained minister.

Born in Oklahoma and having lived in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Napa Valley in California, Tom and his wife Susan currently make their home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Tom enjoys painting, silversmithing, ceramics, design, songwriting, website development, and writing stories.


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Jesus, Carlos Castaneda, Ronald Reagan,Will Rogers, Jonathan Winters

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Satellite phone, GPS Transponder, well equipped tool box.

What is one book everyone should read?
Naturally, I would say “Twisted by the Wind”

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
French toast

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
Pop, pop rock, Almost any genre actually. I, of course, like songs I have written or produced , but I also like most well written, thoughtful or emotional message songs, like “Momma Told Me Not To Come” written by Hoyt Axton and performed by Three Dog Night.

How do you react to a bad review?
I don’t know. I have never had one. 🙂

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

What do you do when you are in-between books?
Promote the last book.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
My best ideas seem to come in the shower, but I usually write in my home office with my cat sitting on his perch by the window.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it will bring back pleasant memories of humorous incidents in your own life.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The Theme from Forest Gump

What is your favorite quote?
“Keep cool but do not freeze.” taken from the label on Hellman’s Mayonnaise jar.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Do Not Judge This Book by This Cover”

What is your guilty pleasure?
Sleeping late.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Shared a special bottle of wine with my wife Susan.

Write a haiku about your book. Spring winds blowing soft.
Summer burns the very soul.
Soon cooled by falls grace.

Twisted by the Wind:
This book is destined to become a best seller (to date) for this author. A collection of stories and words of wisdom, with a fair amount of humor added, this book chronicles a philosophical spirit developed on the plains of Oklahoma, the Arizona desert, Nashville and wine country California, honed through a lifetime of entrepreneurial endeavors and adventures. First flights, free meals in the park, car racing, life in a monastery, following a musical dream, wisdom of the ages, all wrapped in a collection of quotes, short stories, poems and personal revelations. Designed to be a catalyst to spark your own inspiration and creativity, you can open this book anywhere and find a fresh thought or idea to make life more enjoyable and to share with others. Some people look at this book and think “This would be a perfect gift for all my friends, family members and business associates.” We hope you are one of them

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Twisted by the Wind
Open to US & Canada
Ends 4/19/11

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