A Co Antrim taxi driver’s novel idea to fill time between fares has become a real page turner.
Alan Kerr from Glengormley has written a novel and had it published by a leading publishing house.
BelfastLive reports that Alan, 48, came up with the idea for the thriller after a three-month stint working in London’s finance district as a currency trader.
The book, Eastern Trade, is set in London where lead character Mickey has just escaped the fiasco of Lehman Brothers. And just like the author, he passes his days driving taxis but he also works as a private investigator.
Uber driver Alan said: “It took me about 18 months to write the book and after a few changes it got snapped up and published. I’d heard so many stories about authors struggling to get their drafts even looked so I was thrilled when someone got back to me to say they liked it.
“After a few minor tweaks Pegasus Ellitot McKenzie published Eastern Trader and now it’s on sale. They even gave me some say over the book cover and I’m thrilled to see my name and my work in print.
“I’ve always tried to keep my brain really active and I found while I was taxiing that there were times where I would just be hanging about waiting for the next fare.
“So I decided to take a small laptop with me and start tinkering away and one paragraph led to an- other and another and the book sort of took shape itself.”
Alan, who was born in Auckland, New Zealand, plans to move to Cyprus to write full time if his writing career works out.
His debut novel is dedicated to Lucy, a little white terrier who he took in when her owner could no longer look after her.
Alan said: “She got old and sick and we had the inevitable final trip to the vet. I miss her every day. The dedication of my first novel to her is really an apology to say I’m sorry I couldn’t do any more for her. As I said in the dedication, our time together was brief but I think of her every day.”