Thomas Sanchez is a descendant of cattlemen dating back four generations in California to the 19th-century Gold Rush. He was born days after his father was killed at the age of 21 in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. Sanchez’s novels have received numerous honors, and he has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and is a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Sanchez is also the director of a documentary film, Into the Light, chronicling the life of Jack Garfein, legendary film director and Actors Studio icon, and survivor of 11 concentration camps. Sanchez divides his time between San Francisco, Key West and Paris.