Tom Formaro is a writer, drummer, and dad. After 14 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tom returned to Des Moines with is wife and beautiful daughter. They have a rescue puppy, Enzo. Tom is the son of a Sicilian immigrant and a first-generation Italian-American. His family is in the restaurant business and prior to his professional communications career, he worked in restaurants as everything from a dishwasher to a cook. The Broken Heart Diet is largely based on Tom’s kitchen experience. He has published short stories in Spoilage, Akkadian, SoMa Literary Review, and A Sexy Story. He is also the co-author of a children’s book, Alfonso, the Christmas Pumpkin.