I'm Tom Dresser and I like to write.
Since I edited the Springdale News, beginning at the tender age of eleven, I've been drawn to writing. After a career first as an elementary school teacher then two decades as a nursing home administrator, I launched a third career as a writer. In the 1990s I self-published local guides to New England areas of interest. Dogtown: A Village Lost in Time has sold over four thousand copies and inspired two other authors and numerous visitors to explore the wilds of Cape Ann.
When I moved to the Vineyard I wrote for the local press and self-published “Tommy's Tour of the Vineyard,” based on bus tours around Martha’s Vineyard. In 2008 the History Press published my “Mystery on the Vineyard,” and two years later published my book about African Americans on the Vineyard. In the meantime I self-published a couple of novels and finally finished an interpretation of Beatles songs I began in the 1960s.
I live a life of semi-retirement on Martha’s Vineyard, driving a school bus and writing whenever I’m not behind the wheel. My wife Joyce is a retired school teacher. She has three adult children, Jeremy Jones, Jennifer Smyth and Christopher Ryan who made this website. I have two daughters, Amy Dresser Held, who runs a charter school in Los Angeles and Jill Dresser who teaches in New Orleans. We have three grandchildren, Shealyn, Molly and Dylan.
I’d love to hear from you.