Welcome, fans of mainstream fiction!
I'm Tom Hotka, author of West of the East Coast.
I was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and graduated with a degree in history from the University of Oregon. After college, I joined a large business consulting firm in Los Angeles. Promotions sent me to company loacations all over the country. After thirty years, I retired from the firm in 1997, to travel, relax with my family, and write a novel.
About my Book
Every summer the population of college-age kids explodes in Southern California. Some come for opportunities on movie lots and recording studios. Others migrate for summer jobs at Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm. A few are simply on vacation. Most arrive in the chaotic land of tinsel, fruits, and nuts to hit the beaches, make new friends, and party.
Part travelogue, West of the East Coast takes the reader on a tour across the country as we meet the characters who land in the Golden State. Interwoven tales about three boys from Eugene, Oregon, two young women from Sacramento, three guys from Lubbock, Texas, a gal from Salt Lake City, and a guy from Lawrence, Kansas, are a tiny taste of what takes place in the summer, when the population of college-age kids erupts again on the beaches of Southern California . . . way . . . west of the east coast.
This novel is a beach read if there ever was one.
More about the author
During Tom's years at the University of Oregon, he and two fraternity brothers spent the summers of 1962 and 1963 working at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
While working at the Southern California resort, rousing times were spent at the Village Inn on Balboa Island with Rock Hudson, at the Waikiki Club on Catalina Island with John Wayne, and up in Hollywood with a relatively young Jack Nicholson at his place on Fountain Avenue. Good times were had by all.
Upon graduation from college, Tom joined a large business consulting firm with a regional headquarters in Los Angeles. Promotions sent him to Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Texas, and finally to the company's Kansas City, Missouri office.
After thirty years, he retired from the firm to write a novel about those rousing experiences working at Disneyland.
Kansas City's Country Club Plaza is where he calls home.
West of the East Coast
by thomas carl hotka