About James Thom

Fire in the Water

Fire in the Water follows the main character from Thom’s previous novel, Saint Patrick’s Battalion, into a future decade of his life. Taking place immediately after the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the narrative revolves around the explosion and sinking of the steamboat Sultana, the worst maritime disaster in our nation’s history. The tale comes to its conclusion in Madison, Indiana, and the Saluda graveyard, where the author’s ancestor is buried.

James Alexander Thom

James Alexander Thom is an Indiana-born Marine veteran, and was a newspaperman, magazine freelance writer, and Indiana University Journalism School lecturer before he became a full-time historical novelist, known for his thorough research in archives and in the field. His American frontier and Indian war novels have won national awards and sold more than two million copies. Two were made into television films by Hallmark and Ted Turner. Thom’s family history drew him to the Civil War era. His namesake was killed in the Battle of Fredericksburg, and his great grandfather survived the deathly Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp. Several years as Ohio River historical lecturer for the Delta Queen line provided technical knowledge and riverboat lore for this book. The author is also an artist and sculptor. James and his wife, Dark Rain, live in a 170-year-old log house on a hill near Bloomington, Indiana.