Name : Seumas Gallacher
Age : 193 going on 10 ½
Where are you from :
A little fishing village on the Clyde called Glasgow, more exactly, Dockside Govan, of which Google Earth asked ,’Where?’
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc :
Primary schooling in Greenfield School (a misnomer if ever there was one). Was discovered to have an IQ larger than my shoe size, and won a bursary scholarship for higher education at Allen Glen’s High School of Science in Glasgow (famous for being ‘tiled halfway up like a public lavatory’). Left school at 15 ½ (that ½ keeps getting in there) ostensibly to contribute to the family’s (non) income at the time. Hardly helped that by beetling off almost immediately to the Scottish Hebrides as a trainee banker. Started learning Gaelic (doesn’t everybody?), then competing in the lingo successfully enuff to garner several medals (unsellable on eBay). Took the road to London, banking there for several years in Lombard Street before seeking my fortune in the financial institutions around the planet in Asia (25 years) and latterly (10 years) in the Middle East. Further details available on request from Interpol police confidential files.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news? :
After discovering the masochistic joys of being a self-publishing 30-second phenomenon 6 years ago, have been immersed in the SOSYAL NETWURKS ever since (I’ll find the exit door soon, I know I will, I know I will…) Recently achieved the intermediate goal of finding an excellent publisher in Crooked Cat Publishing.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing? :
I’ve been scribbling bits of stuff forever, initially the typical teenage angst-riddled poetry, which strangely didn’t seem to change the world. I decided to grasp the nettle in 2008 and do ‘that book’ we all have in us. Now I’m LUVVIN IT!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Moi?? A writer?? Oh, thank you! thank you! thank you! First of all I’d like to thank my mother… and I’d like to thank my father…and I’d also like to thank my parents… and I want world peace, no matter who we kill to get it…
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Boredom, if truth be known. Beats the hell out of watching Sky News.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I have found my ‘Author’s Voice’. As I write crime thrillers, I concentrate on action sequences and characterization more than prosaic narrative. Chacun a son gout, and all that…
Fiona: How did you come up with the titles?
The first title, THE VIOLIN MAN”S LEGACY becomes apparent as the book evolves, so I won’t spoil it. The others, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK, SAVAGE PAYBACK, and the current Work In Progress, KILLER CITY all kinda speak for themselves…they’re not Sunday School picnic stories.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
Not really. I leave messages and such to real writers, such as political spin merchants.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Inasmuch as most authors directly or subliminally incorporate their own experiences into their work, mine has reflective pieces from a career that rubbed me up against some amazingly memorable characters, locations, and situations… there’s a wee bit of all of that in most of what I write.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Too many to list, but since a very young age, I’ve devoured books…Dickens is my earliest real recollection of appreciating ‘literature’. In my teens and early twenties, I found Ruark, Steinbeck, O’Hara, Umberto Eco… these are all monumental writers.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
The lot above plus the outstanding literary work of Sir Winston Churchill.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The anthology ‘Shadows and Light’ a terrific collection of web-linked writers’ short stories, edited by Andrew Scorah. 100% of the proceeds are for abused women’s charities.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
John Dolan stands out on the self-publishing scene with his Thai-based crime books. Andrew Peters has produced some remarkably readable and clever crime stories, laced with his own brand of humour. Another is Mac Logan and his Angel’s Cut crime series. There are dozens of excellent writers out there, and I’m glad to be pals with a lot of them.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Work In Progress is Killer City, the fourth in what has become the Jack Calder series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
A gentleman called Angus Macintyre, the Bank Manager where I worked as a teenager in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. He was a cross between Einstein and Groucho Marx to me. His human caring values are carved into my psyche.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Hopefully so, although I still have my own management advisory firm doing corporate turnaround and trouble shooting engagements. The light bulbs still have to be paid for.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. Once ‘The End’ is typed, it’s time to move on to the next project. Never look back.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s so long ago. I just liked books as a child. Comics, books, and magazines back then were forerunners of the television and internet of today.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
More grisly happenings and nasty bad lads for ex-SAS officer, Jack Calder’s specialist security firm of International Security Partners to handle.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I enjoy the challenge of it all. Having accepted that writing is a ‘business’, I wholeheartedly embrace the entire nine yards, especially the promotional and marketing requirements, plus the required presence on the SOSYAL NETWURKS.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
You can ask me on twenty different days and probably get twenty different answers from me. Let me pick today’s, John Steinbeck. He wrote in a ‘Phalanx of Narrative.’ Most of his novels can easily interlace with each other.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your books?
I don’t like to travel much these days, but the fact that I’ve covered large parts of the globe through a career spanning five decades and three continents, there’s already enough in the grey cells to sustain me for a while.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A friend in Manila in the Philippines. I’m delighted with the investment in them. He captures precisely what I intended.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I’m constantly learning. Every week gives me more and more insight into technique in the writing and quirks in the social network side of things.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
As a follow on from the previous question, I’d advise any newbies to write for yourself…develop your own ‘voice’ and edit out a lot of the external ‘noise’ that disguises itself as ‘advice’. ‘Opinion’ is not always necessarily ‘good advice’ (including mine).
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just enjoy my work for the escapism it is. If you don’t like something in it, tell me…if you like it, tell the rest of the world.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. But probably the Enid Blyton books.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I’m a weekend couch potato watching English Premier League football.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m not an avid movie watcher. Sadly, I tend to want to ‘solve’ a movie , whatever the genre. So, it’s better if I watch chewing gum for the brain deals like the Bruce Willis explosion-fests.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music.
Steak and chips/ Red/ Mostly 60s and 70s music, plus anything with Andrea Bocelli or Andre Rieu.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Professional footballer/ Professional lead singer in a ‘group’ (not a bluudy ‘band’).
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Twitter : @seumasgallacher
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/seumasgallacher
Email : email@example.com
Savage Payback : http://amzn.to/1oyHNah
Vengeance Wears Black : http://amzn.to/W59BB3
The Violin Man’s Legacy: http://amzn.to/10wnMXB
Many, many thanks for great questions, m’Lady.