Keith Gilman is an author from the Clarks Summit area whose gift of writing and storytelling is self made. The winner of the Best First Novel Award given to him by the Private Eye Writers of America, he has what most would consider a natural talent due to his lack of writing coaching or classes.
Born and raised in Scranton, before moving to Clarks Summit when is came time to settle down and start a family, Gilman is a detective for the Haverford Police Department . Even though his job is in the greater Philadelphia area he decided to deal with the commute and stay in Clarks Summit.
“We thought about moving there, but NEPA has always been our home,” said Gilman. “We have extended family here, so we decided to stay.”
While attending the University of Scranton as a criminal justice major he said he took the basic writing courses, but his focus was never learning to write books, and he surely didn’t have any goal of becoming an award winning author.
“I always read a lot and soon discovered detective stories and novels were what I liked most. My father (Irv Gilman) also wrote, in his spare time mostly, and when he retired he spent a few years writing for the Abington Journal. So, I guess you can say it’s been in my blood all along,” said Gilman.
Gilman’s first two novels, “Father’s Day” and “My Brother’s Keeper,” were noir novels about an ex-cop, Louis Kline. “Bad Habits,” Gilman’s third book, is a collection of short stories having to do with different topics and different characters. Gilman described this book as darker than his first two novels. It is made up of 17 stories, one of the largest is “Devil’s Pocket.”
“Devil’s Pocket” tells the story of a man named Seamus Kilpatrick, an ex cop who is trying to go on with his life after a death he can’t let go of.
When explaining his writing style and the steps that he takes to develop one of his books, Gilman explained that he is an organic writer.
“Some people make outlines and things like that. I just write,” said Gilman.
He went on to say that much of writing comes from his experiences and knowledge. All of his work and personal life experiences contribute to his novels and short stories.
“Bad Habits” is now available for purchase. For more information about the author, visit www.keithgilman.com.