It’s been a bad year for former cabbie Martin Farrington, who was left seriously injured in a car crash and lost his living as a result.
But he’s now hoping 2014 will provide a new direction for his life - as a novelist.
Martin, 27, from Bispham, suffered severe whiplash injuries and two cuts to his head in the Promenade crash back in March, after he was hit by a vehicle stolen by 21-year-old Gareth Nelson.
Nelson was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, by Blackpool magistrates after he crashed his mother’s Mini Cooper into Martin’s Fairway taxi near North Pier.
Martin has been unable to return to work and had his badge revoked due to his persistent back injury.
But now he has drawn on his experience in the taxi trade to pen his debut novel, which he hopes to complete early next year.
He said: “I’ve been writing the book over the last couple of years and it’s nearly finished.
“It’s about a taxi driver who’s 24-years-old and trying to find love.
“There’s been some good things said about it and I’m just trying to do as much writing as I can.
“That’d be a nice direction for me to get into.”
Martin’s cab was written off in the crash.
Speaking after the crash, he told The Gazette: “I’m glad I’m still here, if I’d have had passengers it doesn’t even bear thinking about.
“The guy at the garage told me this is the worst damaged taxi he’s ever seen and it’s down to the taxi’s strength that I’m still here.
“It’s a pretty horrible thing to hear, it’s pretty weird.”
Reflecting on the accident, he said: “It’s been a bad year but at least I can walk.
“People might enjoy the book too.”