I am a slightly warped writer, based in Los Angeles.  I started writing a few years ago while on a trip around the world and quickly discovered that a) a good portion of travel writing is crap and if you write travel from a genuine place, it works  b) i had this twisted voice that people gravitated towards c) i was suppressing this talent that I didn't know I even had.  

Now I write all kinds of stuff. I've written about sushi and 9/11 and coming out and superheroes and condiments and airplanes and Def Leppard and AIDS and Star Trek and food trucks. I try to get out of the way and not censor what is coming out of my brain, for better or for worse.

I self-released a book about the trip which has been #1 on iTunes' and Amazon's travel sections. I don't say that in an arrogant way, I say it in a Holy Shit way. It's as much a memoir about my weird life as it is about the trip. I've posted it on Wattpad for anyone to check out. It's called Wayward: Fetching Tales from a Year on the Road.

I'm now working on a Young Adult book called The Spotlight, which is being revealed on Wattpad. The rapidness of this reveal will be a directly result of how lazy I am at the moment.

If you put a gun to my head and asked me what my favorite books are, before crying a lot I'd blurt out: Shantaram, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Will Grayson Will Grayson, High Fidelity, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Stand, The Mosquito Coast, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, The Count of Monte Cristo, Perfume and Vurt.
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  • JoinedMay 30, 2013

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Waywardlife Waywardlife Jun 18, 2013 10:45PM
@Viz20RobertFanNatic Yep, that was voluntary.
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Stories by Tom Gates
Wayward: Fetching Tales from a Year on the Road by Waywardlife
Wayward: Fetching Tales from a Year on the Road Non-Fiction
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The Spotlight by Waywardlife
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