THE Evening Times has snapped up Glasgow’s very own rising literary star Chris McQueer as a new columnist.

The Glaswegian writer promises to share his everyday quirky observations with our readers starting tomorrow when his new column launches.

His column comes after the success of books Hings and HWFG (Here We F*****g Go) as well as a mini-series which aired on BBC Scotland’s new channel.

The 28-year-old, who grew up in the city’s Springboig, said: “I’ve lived in Glasgow all my life, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

“I grew up in the East End where you’re surrounded by characters and mad situations all the time.

“I take it all in and use it in my writing so it feels like the city itself is a character in my books.

“Glasgow is the best city in the world, it’s the easiest place to get inspiration and come up with stories.”

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Chris worked for a sports retailer before he began penning his tales at just 24.

However, the immediate success of his books has allowed him to focus on writing full-time.

Chris, who is currently working on his third book which is a novel, said: “I always wanted to be a writer but I hadn’t done anything about it.

“It was always in the back of my head then I thought I’d give it a go.

“I was able to quit my job and I’ve been full time doing this for 18 months.

“It changed my life and getting to do what I love is phenomenal.

“It’s like a proper dream come true.”

The popular Scottish writer, who now lives in Dennistoun, has fond memories of reading The Evening Times growing up and admits he couldn’t believe it when we asked him to be our new columnist.

The die-hard Celtic fan said: “I’m dead chuffed and when I got asked I couldn’t believe it.

“My mum and gran always bought the Evening Times.

“I remember when I was younger, especially during the summer holidays, I would go to the shop at 4pm or 5pm for The Evening Times to read the news and find out who Celtic was planning on signing or whatever.

“It was always a buzz to get the Evening Times to see what I had missed during the day.”

He added: “My column will have something a wee bit different every week. I just want to give people a laugh – hopefully, they’ll read my column and smile.”

You’ll be able to catch Chris McQueer’s first column for us in tomorrow’s edition of the Evening Times.