Books by Tony Vanderwarker

Growing up in New England, I went to Andover and Yale, served in the Peace Corps and graduated with a degree in film from NYU. I was in the film business in New York before moving to Chicago to work in advertising. I founded my own agency which turned out to be one of Chicago's ten top shops where I did: “Be Like Mike” for Gatorade When my partners bought me out, I moved to Virginia to fulfill a lifetime dream of writing novels. I penned a bunch but it wasn’t until my friend John Grisham took me under his wing and taught me the secrets of thriller writing that I became a published author. With "Writing With A Master" and the novel I wrote with Grisham, "Sleeping Dogs", both released in 2014 from Skyhorse, I've seen my dream come true. "Ads For God" was just published and "Say Something Funny" is coming out later in the year. I have two more books in the works, a second comic novel about advertising titled "Client From Hell" and a memoir: "I'm Not From the South But I Got Down Here As Fast As I Could". Living on a farm outside Charlottesville, my wife and I have four children, four dogs and a Sicilian donkey named Jethro.

Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Not only did the collaboration result in this, the author's first published book, but the same publisher has agreed to issue the novel that had been rejected, for which this how-to guide serves as an extended promotion."
An aspiring author discovers that writing a novel is hard work, even harder when his taskmaster mentor is his friend John Grisham. Read full book review >
ADS FOR GOD by Tony Vanderwarker

"An amusing satire about the ad business, with clever twists on its gimmick and dead-on barbs about our brand-obsessed culture."
In this comic novel, a jaded adman gets a chance for redemption when God taps him for his marketing campaign. Read full book review >