Ptolemy Tompkins

Ptolemy Tompkins is a former editor at Guideposts Magazine and the author of seven books. His writing has been featured in Beliefnet, Harper’s, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best American Spiritual Writing.

Books by this Author

Proof of God
Proof of Angels
The Map of Heaven
The Modern Book of the Dead

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Changes by the book, though there are always a lot. In The Modern Book of the Dead, "utterly" was a problem.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Writing my first book. Because I really, really didn't know what I was talking about, but had to pretend I did, and doing that every day for a year and a half gets tiring.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Georg Trakl (eccentric early 20th century Austrian poet). Talk about someone who wanted to be in the world but out of it.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Reading.

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