Tom's Writing

Tom’s writing reflects a constellation of themes - fostering harmony among people, protecting nature, respecting cultures and illuminating complex social and political issues. He has explored various writing venues—from scholarly books to radio comedy—to touch a wide range of audiences. Tom’s professional work includes:

Tom Peek Fiction Books Daughters of Fire -A multicultural novel of contemporary Hawaiʻi (Koa Books, October 2012). Set amid the beauty, volcanic power and cultural tensions of America’s fiftieth state, Daughters of Fire illuminates the irrepressible spirit of a native people struggling to keep faith with aloha.

"This is a book about power and justice . . . one of the most factually aware novels I’ve come across."
—Anthony Pignataro, Maui Times Weekly


2013 Benjamin Franklin Silver Finalist Award Winner, Independent Book Publishers Association.

Newspaper commentaries in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Hawai‘i Island Journal, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Minneapolis Star-Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

books and policy

Magazine articles in Sky and Telescope and Earth.

Books and articles on energy and environmental issues, land use, education, and fiscal policy, published by the University of Minnesota.

Public outreach and legislative support materials for the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.

Cultural exhibits
  • Scientific and cultural exhibits for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
  • Award-winning video productions for the University of Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Access Television.
  • “Marvin the Mongoose” comedy skits for KWXX Radio in Hilo, Hawai‘i.
National Park Exhibits

Pro bono writing for Native Hawaiians and Sierra Club members working to protect Mauna Kea from more development.

Empowered by the Pen and Free the Writer Within workshops that have encouraged hundreds of islanders to write their own stories, poems, novels, screenplays and essays; offered through the Volcano Art Center, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Lana‘i Arts and Culture Center and the Hawai‘i Island Writers Association. Read what The Honolulu Weekly said about Tom's workshops by clicking  here ›

Writing Workshops

The Writing Process

Watch my video on the writing process.

Tom at the edge of Pu`u `O`o vent, Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i

Personal Bio

Tom lived most of his life on an island in the backwaters of the Mississippi River. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 1987 he left Minnesota on a vagabond journey and hitchhiked by boat across the South Seas. He eventually resettled on Hawai‘i Island where he’s lived for twenty years. In addition to writing, Tom has been a newspaper photographer, park ranger, wildland firefighter, astronomy guide, English and writing teacher, lighthouse keeper, piano player and composer, and radio disk jockey. He lives near the summit of Kilauea volcano and is currently working on fiction and piano compositions.