Author Owen Thomas receives praise for his debut novel, “The Lion Trees,” and the newly released “Mother Blues”

Award-winning author Owen Thomas has released his latest novel, “Mother Blues,” a vivid and character-rich follow up to the award-winning “The Lion Trees.” Both novels were recently endorsed by Mariel Hemingway, an author, Oscar-nominated actress, and granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway emphasizes the depth and authenticity of the characters in both works, praising the writing as masterful and the stories as unforgettable.

“The Lion Trees,” now available on Audible, tells the riveting, multilayered saga of an American family. In 2005, as the Bush Administration is busy invading Iraq, and as Hurricane Katrina is busy invading New Orleans, the Johns family is busy unraveling in Columbus Ohio: a son accused of abducting a missing girl; a husband beguiled by an attractive con artist; a wife drawn to lead an antiwar movement; a daughter clinging to hope amid fame and scandal in Hollywood. “The Lion Trees” is the story of four people who, persecuted by their own historically driven self-concepts, are at risk of losing everything that defines them. Suspenseful, comical, and relatable to people of all kinds, Thomas’ epic debut presents an unforgettable, psychologically compelling portrait of family bonds.

Thomas’ most-recent novel, “Mother Blues,” is a complexly structured work of upmarket fiction with a diverse cast, including strong female protagonists, navigating issues both timeless and topical: part coming-of-age confessional, part family saga, part psychotherapeutic drama, and part thriller, all with a strong literary sensibility. The story is set in Corbin, a dusty desert town in south Texas where long-held secrets and unexpected menace bring personal dramas to a boil and unlikely heroism to the fore. Resonant with the spirit of American blues music, “Mother Blues” is ultimately about the maternal relationships – absent, secret, and even supernatural – in the lives of characters desperate for rescue and redemption.

The Lion Trees is available in a two-volume paperback (ISBN: 978-1734630305 and 978-1734630312), on Kindle ($2.99) and Audible ($26.21). Mother Blues (ISBN: 978-1734630336) is available in paperback ($27) and on Kindle ($2.99). Both works can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including and Amazon. Wholesale orders are available through Ingram.

About the author:

Owen Thomas is a life-long Alaskan and avid reader. He has written five books: “The Lion Trees” (which has garnered over sixteen international book awards, including the Amazon Kindle Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Book and Author Book of the Year, the Beverly Hills International Book Award and, most recently, a finalist in the 2020 Book Excellence Awards); “Mother Blues,” (a novel of music and mystery set in post-Hurricane Harvey Texas); “Message in a Bullet: A Raymond Mackey Mystery,” (the first in a series of detective novels); “Signs of Passing” (a book of interconnected short stories, and winner of fourteen book awards, including the 2014 Pacific Book Awards for Short Fiction, also named one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2015 by Shelf Unbound Magazine); and “This is the Dream,” (a collection of stories and novellas that explore that perplexing liminal distance between who we are and what we want). Owen maintains an active fiction and photography blog on Facebook, Tumblr, and on his author website at

Owen makes his home in Alaska and Hawaii. When he is not writing, Owen can be found recreating and taking photographs in the grandeur of these wonderfully picturesque locations. Some of these photos are posted on Owen’s photo blog, 1000 Words per Frame.

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