Tom Berquist


Today LitPick welcomes new author Tom Berquist for Six Minutes with an Author! Tom’s book, Stalking Los Angeles is not your typical coming-of-age story. This book will inspire readers to take action in protecting our American lions.

Growing up in Northern Minnesota, Tom dreamt of becoming a game warden. Tom’s goal is to inspire the reader to want to help protect our wildlife in general and to donate to help build a wildlife corridor between the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area and surrounding mountain ranges. He has dedicated 25% of the sales of his book to wildlife preservation.

How did you get started writing?

I starting writing poetry as a child, had a career writing advertising copy and marketing “fiction” before I wrote Stalking Los Angeles, my first work of serious fiction.

Who influenced you?

A few of the many were: William Carlos Williams, Shel Silverstein, Somerset Maugham, Jack London, Ernie Pyle.

Do you have a favorite book/subject/character/setting?

Yes, City of Thieves by David Benioff. World War II dramas. In City of Thieves, I loved Lev, who showed huge courage during the siege of Leningrad.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an author?

Pick a subject that fascinates you and find something to say about it that inspires others.

Where is your favorite place to write?

Anywhere, but a quiet place with a sunlit window connects me with my highest creativity, although busy places help me connect my creativity to people.

What else would you like to tell us?

Please go to Amazon to learn more; Stalking Los Angeles is now available.


Tom, thank you for joining LitPick for six minutes! Your dedication to helping protect wildlife is inspiring!


Tom  Berquist