As a retired licensed marriage and family therapist and president of the American Family Foundation, four-time award-winning author Tom McQueen is an expert in family relationships. But what has taught him most about life, love and family is his role as a father and grandfather. When Dick Vitale at ESPN read "Letters to Ethan," he said, "This book is AWESOME, baby!" Coach Lou Holtz wrote the back cover copy, a letter especially for Ethan. Tom's keynotes and workshops receive rave reviews from clients around the country.
With his best-selling book, Letters to Ethan: A Grandfather’s Legacy of Life and Love (Seraphina Press, November 2010), Tom McQueen was awarded Excellence in Media’s 2010 “Angel Award,” of which previous winners include Tom Hanks, Diane Sawyer, Randy Travis and the acclaimed movie, "The Blind Side." Tom shares his wisdom through 33 letters he penned to his young grandson, Ethan, offering advice on topics ranging from faith to friendship to fun. Letters to Ethan was also the recipient of the Nautilus Book Award and the National Indie Excellence Award.
Never knowing his paternal grandparents due to their premature deaths, McQueen always wished they left something behind to explain their viewpoints on family and life in general. This childhood wish inspired him to write letters to his son and grandson, documenting the mistakes and miracles in his life.
Tom's latest book, Reflections of a Hospice Chaplain: Life Lessons From The Death Journeys of Young and Old (Xulon Press, 2017) is being heralded by Catholic and Christian counselors nationwide as a landmark resource for practically applying the wisdom of the dying to the lives of the living.
Born in Utica, N.Y., McQueen attended Notre Dame High School and received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Philosophy and Theology. McQueen worked as a licensed marriage and family therapist for 25 years and currently is the Director of Counseling & Advocacy Services for Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care in Tampa, Florida.
As a result of his work with families and youth, McQueen was personally invited to the White House Conference on Youth by the President of the United States. The mayor of Pensacola, Fla., also asked McQueen to lead the city in creating a statement of core values after the city was decimated by abortion clinic bombings.
As president of The American Family Foundation, McQueen has helped launch the Legacy Nation campaign, where parents and grandparents can upload their own letters to their children.
Although Letters to Ethan marks McQueen’s debut as an author, he has written several business and self-help books such as Near-life Experiences: Discovering New Powers for Personal Growth, which encourages readers to take advantage of daily opportunities. McQueen’s articles have also been published in several national magazines and he has been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, Pensacola News Journal and St. Petersburg Times.
He also co-authored Servant Hearts: The Legacy of the Dimmitt Automotive Group (Xulon Press, 2012) which was awarded a National Indie Excellence Book Award in May of 2013. In 2015, he co-authored The Practical Guide to Servant Hearts with Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst (US Army, RET), former Chief of Staff at US Central Command at MacDill AFB.
Tom lives on Florida's west coast, is an avid Tampa Bay Lightning hockey fan, and enjoys learning about anything that Ethan wants to teach him while riding around in their Camaro affectionately named, "Blue Lightning."
His three most requested topics nationally are:
1. Faith, Family & Miracles
2. The Six Keys for Making Marriage Work
3. Future-proofing Your Children: Making Catholic Values Their Guideposts