About Tristram Lowe


To pronounce Tristram correctly, simply put these two words together: Tryst (a clandestine meeting between lovers) + Rum (a hearty pirate’s drink). Combined you have TrystRum: a hearty drink to be shared by clandestine pirate lovers. 

And that’s the correct way to say it.

Tristram is a lover of fantasy, of Japan, of sword fighting, and board games. His first novel, HEADLESS, combines almost all of those things, but maybe someone will make a board game based on the book. 

His body currently resides in Los Angeles, while his spirit climbs the mountains of Japan and battles ancient samurai for dominance over mysterious, mythical powers. He lives with his wife, Julia, and their cat, Sparrow (a lover and a pirate).

The long Bio

Tristram Lowe grew up in Colorado, where he spent his days running around the mountains, pretending sticks were swords and unusual rocks were magical talismans. Fell beasts lurked over every ridge and in every expanse of trees. Dragons flew overhead regularly, and occasionally maidens had to be rescued.

Under the shelter of a blanket in the dark of night, Tristram often had his flashlight trained on a book when he was supposed to be sleeping. That flashlight came in handy to check for monsters under the bed, too. C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, Douglas Adams, and, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien were some of the many authors whose works enthralled him as a boy, and still do. 

Throughout school, Tristram’s favorite assignments were writing stories. And he would often write them when it wasn’t actually what the assignment called for. In one particular English class, the required format was essay. Tristram would inevitably turn in short stories instead. He passed the class only thanks to a deal he made with the teacher. She made him promise to finish a particular one about a cyborg in exchange for a passing grade.

Tristram’s interest in Japan, and the inspiration for Headless, grew slowly over the years and was influenced by many sources: Kurosawa and Miyazaki films; books like Kwaidan, Rashomon, The Book of Five Rings, and an amazing book of sketches and Japanese language called ai: Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes; study and practice of Buddhism; strange and beautiful toys that friends would bring back; and his friends themselves. He has visited Japan twice, the second time for an extended stay to study Japanese in Tokyo, though fluency is a far off dream. 

Tristram currently lives in Los Angeles, where he has had a varied—and some might say, adventurous—life of creative endeavors. He has been an artist, a musician, an actor, and a fencing coach. Throughout it all, writing has always been his first love.

Over the years, he has written many short stories. His first published work (under a different name) appeared in The Bombay Gin, the literary journal of the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University. He has penned lots of poetry (good and bad), short films, and at least a hundred songs. His first novel, Headless, is released on Mortimer & Ambrose.