Keith Thomson

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Keith Thomson

Keith Thomson (born c. 1965) is a former cartoonist, basketball player, filmmaker, and screenwriter and currently a blogger and novelist.

Thomson grew up in Connecticut and studied history at Columbia University in New York, New York. He played semi-professional basketball in France and later drew editorial cartoons for Newsday. He helped a friend develop a short film, "Cupidity" which Thomson directed. It played at the Sundance Film Festival and brought the duo a 3-picture deal with Tri-Star. Only one of the three films they wrote over the next six years, "The Mantis Murder", was ever shot, and it was released straight to video.

Frustrated with the restrictions of screenwriting, Thomson took the advice of his agent and began planning a novel. He took a course in writing at Stanford University and began Pirates of Pensacola as his thesis work. He met Karen Shepard, now his wife, at a writer's party at the Yale Club in New York. She brought him to Birmingham.

Thomson, who has contributed to Birmingham Weekly and Garden & Gun, is currently a blogger on intelligence issues for The Huffington Post and completed another novel, Once A Spy, which was published in 2010 as the first of a two-book deal with Doubleday. Sony Pictures owns the film rights and its Spyglass Entertainment division is developing a script. Thompson's follow-up, Twice a Spy, was released in 2011. Much of its action takes place around Mobile Bay.


  • Brock, Glenny (March 3, 2010) "Keith Thomson thrills with ONCE A SPY." Birmingham Weekly
  • Carlton, Bob (March 9, 2010) "Birmingham author puts fresh spin on the spy novel." Birmingham News
  • Carlton, Bob (March 6, 2011) "Birmingham novelist Keith Thomson returns to the spy game with new CIA thriller 'Twice a Spy'." Birmingham News

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