Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 7, 2014
When he’s not covering stories at the state Capitol, in locations across the U.S. and around the world or at home in Houston, the odds are good you’ll find TV newscaster Tom Abrahams writing.
Abrahams, who anchors and reports for ABC-owned KTRK-TV, recently published his second book, "Allegiance," a political thriller. Hardcover and Kindle versions are now available for purchase on amazon.com.
"Allegiance" follows his first book, "Sedition," another political thriller, which was re-released in January by Post Hill Press.
"For ‘Sedition,’ the inspiration was actually the Showtime series "The Tudors,’" he said. "My wife and I watched it and after researching royal lineage one night after an episode, I stumbled across something called ‘The Cato Street Conspiracy.’ I thought it would be a great plot for a novel, so I set it in modern-day Washington, D.C., and made it my own.
"For ‘Allegiance,’ my inspiration was all of the talk in 2011 about secession. I started conceiving plot points and storylines to build around that central idea. It was a lot of fun."
Reception for both books has been largely positive, Abrahams said.
"Of course, in politics, people have their opinions one way or the other," he said. "Some on the right read ‘Sedition’ and loved it. Some suggested that Nancy Pelosi must have ghostwritten it. In truth, despite the teabag on the cover, the book is not about left or right. It’s about the definition of patriotism. Everyone in the book thinks he/she is a patriot. It’s really an examination of how far our political system has devolved.
"As for ‘Allegiance,’ early reviews are good. It’s a different book from ‘Sedition.’ There’s more action and the plot is more complex."
Abrahams says he’s been a writer his entire life. That love is evident in both his books.
"I used to write short stories when I was a kid," he said. "Dragons and knights were common themes. I also wrote a lot of sports-themed narratives. I always enjoyed creative writing courses. English was my outside concentration in college."
He admits, though, that he scrapped his first attempt at a novel many years ago because it was "horrible."
"But it was great practice," he said. "After a lot of stops and starts, I finally found my niche in politically themed thrillers."
His fondness of writing is also what led him into the news business. As you’ve probably figured out by now, politics is one of his favorite topics to cover.
"I joined the high school paper as a freshman and loved it," he said. "Combine writing with having a front-row seat to history and there’s no better job in the world. I knew I wanted to be a journalist at a young age. I went to school for it. I got a job doing it. It’s been 21 years now. Crazy how time flies."