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Tom Drennan is a long-time member of the Alternate Historians writers group. His short story, “The Children China Made,” was published in the Writers of the Future anthology volume IX. The second book in his cozy mystery series, featuring Thor McGraw and his daughter Sabrina, is in the works. Like all Irishmen, Tom takes particular pride in getting a smile and a laugh out of his readers.
When not writing, Tom enjoys spending time with his family (the greatest family on the planet—“Who wouldn’t want to be a Drennan!”). Friday nights will find him relishing an episode of Midsomer Murders with his beloved wife, Marje. On holidays, there’s always the soccer game in the park with the kids. He particularly enjoys mysteries, superheroes, baseball, and a good laugh. By day, he is an IT Manager and works with a wonderful group of friends as he has done for years.
I first started writing Thor McGraw a long ways back, when I was a younger man. “Write what you know” was the familiar adage of the day. I had spent a few years getting a post graduate degree from Boston College and had loved my days at the college and in the city. Fast forward ten or fifteen years and I was back in my hometown, the father of five children whom I absolutely adored. “Write what you know.” And so Thor McGraw was born. As I write Thor, I draw inspiration from Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life, with a touch of Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, and there’s a dash of Zachary Levi from the TV series Chuck. But, there’s a little bit of me in Thor–celebrating my children, embracing a good laugh, bumbling about enough to make my wife and friends slap their heads in disbelief, and sneezing when I am anywhere near a cat!