Tom Bissell was born in Escanaba, Michigan, in 1974. He has published ten books, including Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia (2003), The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam (2007), Apostle (2016), and Creative Types: And Other Stories (2021).
His work has been awarded the Rome Prize, the 2004 Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Travel Book for Chasing the Sea, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also done extensive screenwriting work for both the video-game industry and Hollywood.
His work on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End earned him a WGA Award for Best Video Game Writing.
He co-developed the series The Mosquito Coast, based on the novel of the same name by RPCV Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963–65), for Apple Television.
His most well-known book, The Disaster Artist: My Life inside ‘The Room’, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made (2013), co-written with Greg Sestero, was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film.
His writing has been adapted into films by James Franco, Julia Loktey, and Werner Herzog.