Short, Sharp Interview: Tom O. Keenan

the father 2PDB: What’s going on now? Writing book two in the Sean Rooney series that needs to be with the publisher later this year. Fatherland is about a gothic and dystopian Glasgow, a place of risk and adventure, where crime families rule and where Sean Rooney has new challenges.

PDB: How did you research this book (The Father)? Living in Glasgow and having a knowledge of the subject helped, but I also shamelessly exploit the Internet.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of? This one.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme? It’s a Wonderful Life or Local Hero; Crime and Punishment or Ulysses; Raglin Road; Mrs Brown’s Boys.

PDB: Is location important to your writing? Indeed, Glasgow is a great location: gothic and on the edge, where anything can happen.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings? Never!

PDB: What’s next? Book Three.

tokBio: Born and bred in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, 12 miles south of Glasgow. I left school at 15 with no qualifications and went straight into an apprenticeship in the new television repair trade. I had a television repair shop in Hamilton for eight years and then went to college to become a social worker in mental health, which I am to this day. I became an independent social worker in 2001, forming a business in mental health law. I live in the West End of Glasgow having spent seven years in Tarbet at Loch Lomond. I have been writing as long as I can remember but only ever as a hobby. As a young boy I always wanted to be creating something, whether it was poetry, songs, drawings or stories. Later I became a bit more serious, writing plays and attending workshops and writing novels. www.tom-odgen-keenan.co.uk