T.K. Thorne

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T.K. Thorne
T.K. Thorne, Author
T.K. Thorne, Author
BornApril 17, 1954
Montgomery, Alabama
OccupationAmerican Writer
EducationMasters of Social Work, University of Alabama
SpouseRoger Thorne
ChildrenStep-mother to three sons (Mac, Jeremiah and Harry)

Teresa (Katz) Thorne (born April 17, 1954) is an American writer.

Early life and education[edit]

T.K Thorne was born on April 17, 1954 in Montgomery, Alabama, the first of three children, to father Warren Katz, a WWII veteran and civilian engineer at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, and mother, Jane Katz, who was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 2002 for her own achievements.[1] Thorne's grandmother Dorothy Lobman encouraged's Thorne's passion for reading and social reform.

Thorne completed a Masters of Social Work at the University of Alabama.


In 1977 Thorne was hired as the first Jewish female officer with the Birmingham Police Department. She retired as a captain and assumed an Executive Director position with City Action Partnership (CAP) in Birmingham (a position in which she continues to serve).[2]

Thorne has served as faculty at several writers' conferences and spoken on lecture circuits (including Columbus State University, Colgate University and Wake Forrest University on the Birmingham bombing).[3]

Literary career[edit]

Thorne's novels are reinterpreted stories told from the perspectives of unnamed, briefly-mentioned women of the Bible: the wives of Noah and Lot. They are influenced by archeological findings and academic research as well as Thorne's personal travels.

Thorne carried a monthly column in Birmingham's Synergy Magazine for seven years.[4] She has also written poetry, short stories and screenplays.


Historical fiction[edit]

  • Noah's Wife (Chalet Publishing, 2009, Blackburn Fork Publishing, 2011)[5]
  • Angels at the Gate (Cappuccino Books, 2015)[6]

Historical nonfiction[edit]


A short film developed from her screenplay "Six Blocks Wide" (Shapefilms, 2007) was a semi-finalist at the international A Film for Peace Festival in Italy.

Noah's Wife won Gold in the Historical Fiction category for the 2009 Foreword INDIES.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Thorne currently resides in Springville, Alabama with her husband, two dogs, a cat and a horse. She is the step-mother of three children, a grandmother of four, and is also a Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Tomiki Ryu Akidio.


  1. ^ "Alabama Women's Hall of Fame ' Jane Lobman Katz".
  2. ^ "CAP Is Downtown".
  3. ^ "T.K. Thorne - Washington Independent Review of Books".
  4. ^ http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/10/24/2760775_tk-thorne-discusses-new-book-about.html?rh=1
  5. ^ Thorne, T. K. (17 August 2011). Noah's Wife. Blackburn Pr. ASIN 0983787808.
  6. ^ Thorne, T. K. (5 March 2015). Angels at the Gate. Cappuccino Books Publishing. ISBN 978-3906196022.
  7. ^ Thorne, T. K. (1 September 2013). Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. Chicago Review Press. ASIN 1613748647.
  8. ^ Heller, Billy (15 September 2013). "Books you should be reading".
  9. ^ "Author T.K. Thorne delves into 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing investigation with new book". 10 September 2013.
  10. ^ "2009 Foreword INDIES Winners in Historical (Adult Fiction)". Foreword Reviews. Retrieved 30 October 2018.