Tom Seigel was born in St. Louis, Missouri, just months before the Apollo 11 lunar landing. He grew up in rural Warren County where his public school graduating class totaled sixty-four students. (Think the town of Hickory in Hoosiers.) During high school, he studied classical piano at the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in English Literature and Spanish, and after college, he attended the University of Michigan Law School.

Following a stint at a Manhattan law firm, Tom worked for eight years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. There, he was Deputy Chief and Chief of the Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force. He prosecuted several high-ranking members of the Lucchese, Bonanno, and Colombo families. (Tom shares a birthday with legendary mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. No relation. Some irony.) He also prosecuted heroin traffickers, corrupt NYPD detectives, and NBA referee Tim Donaghy.

After twenty years as a litigator, Tom earned an MFA in fiction writing from Fairfield University. The Astronaut's Son is his debut novel. He is currently working on a second novel. (No spoilers, but there may be mobsters.)