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A little while ago, CrimeSpree Magazineasked what five books, movies or songs changed my life.  Well, here they are:
THE DAY OF TRIFFIDS(1962) turned me into a horror movie fan at the tender age of 6 years old. I hid behind my mum’s armchair watched it while my parents did. I was scared and thrilled all at the same time and knew I needed to see more.
A FIELD OF DREAMS(1989) convinced me to pursue my dream of motor racing. I watched these people give it their all for something they believed in and knew I’d regret my dream to race cars if I didn’t do the same.
Alanis Morrisette’s song ONE HAND IN MY POCKETgot me out of a PTSD funk. I’d been in a car wreck where I’d walked away and the other person hadn’t. I was in a very sad place and I wasn’t sure how I was going to move on with my life until I caught the video on MTV. The song for some reason woke me up. I took a look at my life as it was and made changes.
A high school friend gave me a copy of Raymond Chandler’s THE LADY IN THE LAKE when I was thirteen because I needed a book for a school report. I fell in love with the hardboiled and noir genre and I never looked back.
Gomez’s song WHIPPIN’ PICCADILLY was the last song I heard before leaving the UK to move to the US. I’d never heard of the band up until then but I liked their sound and discovering a new band as I was about to embark on a new life seemed fitting. The first thing I did upon arriving in the US was to buy their album BRING IT ON. It’s something I listen to while I’m writing and it already reminds me of new beginnings. 
These are the five books, movies or songs that changed my life, but what are yours?

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I have a few pieces floating around at the moment that you might not have come across, but are worth your time.

CrimeSpree Magazine’s: 5 Books/Songs/Films that Changed My Life
The title says it all and CrimeSpree asked my what things changed my life. The tough part was finding just five books, songs and films that have influenced.

Kindle Daily Spot:
Amazon asked me for a piece that described me as a person and a writer. Chaos Theory was the simple answer. 🙂

Mysteries in Paradise reviewed ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN and they liked it. Read the review here. brought out HOT SEAT, book 2 in the Aidy Westlake series, came out on Audio and it picked up a nice review over at Book ‘Em Mysteries.

And talking of all things, audio book, my supernatural crime thriller, ROAD RASH, is also available from

Still on the review front, Toxic Graveyard gave THE FALL GUY a great write up. Read it here.


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