Tom Andes' writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2012, Santa Monica Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and many other places. He won the 2019 Gold Medal for Best Novel-in-Progress from the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, a New Orleans-based literary organization. His short stories have been finalists or placed in contests from magazines including Glimmer Train. His interviews with writers and musicians and his book reviews have appeared widely.

Tom was born and raised in rural New Hampshire and has since lived on both coasts and (twice) in New Orleans. In 1999, he received his BA in English from Loyola University New Orleans. He received an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. He has held a variety of jobs, including installing fireplaces in the United Kingdom, working the front and the back of the house in the service industry, and teaching writing at San Francisco State University, Academy of Art University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, the ADVANCE Camp for Young Scholars, and the New Orleans Writers Workshop, which he co-founded. He helped organize a monthly fiction night for Blood Jet, a weekly poetry series hosted by Megan Burns, and Fiction Night at Old Arabi Lighthouse Records and Books.

Currently, he makes a living as a freelance writer, editor, book coach, and consultant, and moonlights as a country singer. He released his debut EP of original songs, “Static on Every Station” on Bandcamp to acclaim in Offbeat in 2022 and will release the follow-up in late 2023. He gigs regularly with his band and as a guitarist with Emily Neustrom and the Fried Honeys.

He and his wife Catherine Jones and their cats dream of dividing their time between New Orleans, Albuquerque, and the Catalan coast of Spain and France.