The Sound of One Horse Dancing
by Tom Baker

Welcome to my website!
I'm Tom Baker, author of Paper White Narcissus, The Sound of One Horse Dancing and FULL FRONTAL, to make a long story short.

About the Author
TOM BAKER is a graduate of the College of William & Mary. He enjoyed a successful career in the advertising world, winning many awards for the ads and commercials he produced. He now writes full time. Baker lives in a tree house in Santa Monica Canyon with his two beagles. His lonrtime companion, Gary, left for a better world in 2011.

About my latest book, Paper White Narcissus

It is 1966, and Tim Halladay, in his senior year at William and Mary, is in the process of discovering his true sexuality. He spends his weekends living in the basement apartment of his aunt Blade’s Georgetown home. There, he uncovers the darker side of the nation’s capital, making forays into the Washington, DC, neighborhood of Foggy Bottom and meeting some brilliant, unforgettable men and women.

Tim has known since he was thirteen that he was born a twin and that his brother, Jeffrey, died in the delivery room after they were born prematurely. Over time, Tim’s curiosity about his unknown brother has grown dangerously close to an obsession. As he deals with the recent death of his theatrical mentor and worries about being drafted after his graduation—a prospect that makes him hesitant to apply to Yale’s drama school for graduate study—his fixation on Jeffrey continues to grow. Tim’s journey takes strange and adventurous turns as he goes from Arlington National Cemetery to Williamsburg at Christmas time, and then on a South American adventure with his aunt Blade.

Along the way, Paperwhite Narcissus delves into an exploration of narcissism, identity, and the doppelganger theory as one young man struggles to define himself.

About my first book,
The Sound of One Horse Dancing

Twenty-seven-year-old Tim Halladay is a rising star in the three-martini lunch world of Madison Avenue in the early 1970s. In only five years, Tim has become a vice-president at the first ad agency he interviewed with, in charge of some of the most prestigious accounts listed in Advertising Age.

But a week before Thanksgiving, his life takes a serious hit. After a hard-drinking, sex-filled night, Tim, the "golden boy," arrives late to work. He suddenly finds himself fired without explanation. With three hundred dollars in his savings account, Tim wonders how he'll even pay the rent.

As Tim comes to terms with his unemployment, he reminisces about his life and the circumstances that have brought him to this crucial crossroads. Everything in his life—his emotionally unstable upbringing, his service in the army during the troubled years of the Vietnam War, his affair with a high school girlfriend, his experiences at William and Mary during the JFK and LBJ years, his relocation to Manhattan in the 1970s, his first job in the world of advertising, and his adventures as a closeted gay man in the Stonewall Era Greenwich Village—contributed to both the downfall and redemption of Tim Halladay.



About my second book, FULL FRONTAL, to make a long story short.                  (available November 2012)                                                                                                                                            

In Baker’s prize-winning first novel, The Sound of One Horse Dancing, Tim Halladay was a rising star in the three-martini lunch world of Madison Avenue. In the book, we followed 27 year old Tim’s “wonder-boy” rise, fall, and his ultimate redemption.

Now, in Full Frontal, the author provides startling and delightful insights into the engaging character’s past and into his emotional and sexual development.  Through a series of incisive, short vignettes of varied color and tone, Baker gives us another biography detailing Tim’s journey of exploration and discovery. These stories range from his first seminal experiences as a shy teenager, to his at-times baffling army experiences after graduating from William and Mary, right up to his status as an ad man facing the many odd and funny intricacies of putting together an ad-campaign for a new Ford model.

For Tim Halladay “full frontal” will become a complete attitude, a way of approaching the world around him. Whether he is dealing with a prima donna director during an audition for a replacement in West Side Story, or an obstreperous lion cub while filming a TV commercial, whether he is faced with his first three-way with his cute Greenwich Village neighbors, or tending a mafia-owned gay bar, or becoming involved in an unexpectedly hilarious jury duty sequestration.

We follow Tim’s adventures across his world from his childhood in suburban Connecticut to a Virginia army base, the sleazy Hotel Manhattan, the Museum of Modern Art, lavish suites at the Plaza, the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, and the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Full Frontal resembles a multi-faceted gem, where each side reflects and illuminates yet another aspect of Tim Halladay’s character, his interactions and key moments of his life in pointed, unique, and often poignant short stories.