Tom Liehr, born in 1962 in Berlin, was an editor at P.M. in the mid-eighties and won the first Playboy College Fiction Contest in 1990. He worked as executive consultant, radio producer and DJ. Since 1998 he owns a company for software development. He published in various magazines (for instance in c't and the Austrian DATUM – Seiten der Zeit) and anthologies (at Lübbe, Heyne, among others).
Liehr is co-founder of 42er Autoren e. V. – Verein zur Förderung der Literatur and functioned as its president as well. His novels Radio Nights (2003), Idiotentest (2005), Stellungswechsel (2007), Geisterfahrer (2008) and Pauschaltourist (2009) were published at Aufbau paperbacks. In 2011, Sommerhit followed and in 2013 Leichtmatrosen.