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Author Information: Thom Racina

 
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On June 4, 1946, Thomas Frank Raucina was born in Kenosha. He left the Midwest after graduating high school to pursue higher education, first in Albuquerque, NM, and finally in Chicago where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts and Directing from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute. To help finance college, he wrote books simply to earn money- books that he didn’t even want recognition for. Thom Racina (as his professional name came to be) wrote Westerns, romances, porn or whatever else the publisher paid him for. He moved up to mainstream publishing with a take-off on “The Happy Hooker: My Own Story,” by Xaviera Hollander, called “The Happy Hustler,” which he wrote entirely in one weekend. The novel ended up being successful, selling three million copies and spawning three sequels. Next, Racina turned to ghost-writing three books for Xaviera Hollander, made-up life stories for Ivory Soap girl-turned-porn star Marilyn Chambers and Fanne Fox and turned out 25 novelizations of TV shows and major motion pictures. In his career, Racina has been published by Warner, Dell, NAL, Berkeley, Ace, Putnam and Penguin, authoring 157 books before his own breakthrough success in novel writing. This breakthrough came in 1977 and was &!@*#led “The Great Los Angeles Blizzard.” Rights were purchased by Erwin Allen to adapt it to the big screen, but the cost estimates for the film were too high for it to be profitable. Racina took a 19-year hiatus after this novel to work on writing for TV. He gave the world 4,000 broadcast hours of “Search for Tomorrow” (1980), “General Hospital” (1981-1984), “Days of Our Lives” (1984-1986), “Another World” (1986-1988), “Generations” (1988-1991) and “Santa Barbara” (1991-1992), besides writing for the much-acclaimed nighttime series, “Family” (1978-1979). As a writer for the soaps, he received five Emmy nominations (for “Day of Our Lives” and “General Hospital”), one specifically for “Luke & Laura's Wedding on” “General Hospital”- the single highest-rated episode in daytime history (30 million people tuned in). He also worked in Hamburg and Toronto writing “Family Passions” (1993-1994), a Canadian/German production. Of his years writing for TV, he says on his web site, "It was a treadmill, but so much fun to play God.” From busy years spent writing for TV, Racina grew tired of the Los Angeles scene. He returned to life as a novelist and moved to Palm Springs. It was not difficult for him to get back into the swing of writing thriller novels, with “Snow Angel” being published shortly after in 1996. He has since written “Hidden Agenda” (1998), “Secret Weekend” (1999), “The Madman’s Diary” (2000), “Never Forget” (2002) and “Deep Freeze” (2005).

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