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As a child I loved The Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton - they impelled me to go on adventures as a kid. I was inspired to write by The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan - one of the first man-on-the-run thriller novels. The world should read 1984 by George Orwell. By the end of the novel, if you aren't questioning your surroundings, you haven't read the book properly. Recent reads include Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - an iconic story about the maddening and confusing events of a World Ward Two pilot inspired by the author's own experiences. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - a controversial story about a man's expedition through the Congo, highlighting the horrors of colonisation. My favourite writers are Orwell for his political perspective, Irvine Welsh for his disgusting characters and Erich Maria Remarque for his unbiased portrayal of war. A book that made me cry was my novel The Fisherman's Daughter. Idevised the story while sitting with my mother during her last weeks in a battle with cancer, to try to keep her mind off the pain. When I think of the story, it takes me back to this bad time and will always hold a painful and emotional shadow for me. My latest release is Hunter Killer - a fast-paced thriller where the hero Danny Black is sent to wrong some rights in the UK. An unofficial executioner, he is brought in by the Government to remove some undesirable characters.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 23, 2014
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