Tom Claffey was born in 1934 and spent his growing-up years in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. He majored in English literature at New Mexico Military Institute and Creighton University and accepted an appointment to West Point in 1954. Upon graduation in 1958, he became a U.S. Air Force pilot and later, in civilian life, worked in investment securities and banking. He began writing for publication in 1981 and lives in Santa Fe.
Tom is a member of the Western Writers of America.