Author Interview – Seumas Gallacher

I’m delighted to be hosting Seumas Gallacher on An Author’s View again. For a while now I’ve been a huge fan of Seumas’s highly entertaining and often hilarious blog, andprofile I’ve recently read and enjoyed the first of his gripping thrillers THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY. I can highly recommend both. Seumas was kind enough to submit a guest post to An Author’s View a few weeks ago which proved to be very popular, and today he’s visited me in Blogland to chat about his life, his work and his inspirations. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome – SEUMAS GALLACHER.

Alison – Good morning Seumas – or good whatever time it is where you are! Thank you for stopping by today and allowing me to bombard you with questions. What made you decide to write action packed thrillers? Is it a favourite genre (or should that be jongrrrr?) of yours to read?

Seumas – I like any kind of literary JONGRRR that pulls me into the book and keeps me there. Writing the action stuff seems to come easily to me, and being the lazy sod I am, I’ll go with ‘easy’ in the meantime.

Alison – Do you find it difficult to switch from being a light-hearted, jovial blogger to the author of serious and sometimes brutal novels?

Seumas – On the contrary, being able to switch between the two styles keeps the little grey cells moving. I love the company of people who have humour (and wit) as primary traits. The welcome self-discipline of the almost daily blogging balances off the heavier material the novels call for, kinda freshens the approach each time. Plus, the blog is the prime channel for propagating my ‘Author Brand’ as distinct from the ‘Author Voice’ in the novels.

Alison – Jack Calder, the hero of your novels, harks from the same area of Glasgow as you do. Are there elements of your own past and personality in Jack?

Seumas – I think most authors either directly or subliminally reflect much of their own personal experiences in their writing. I didn’t intentionally craft much of the personal stuff as such in THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, but when I edited and re-edited, I was astonished to see how much of me actually seeped into the various characters and circumstances in the book, not just Jack Calder.

Alison – The action in the Jack Calder novels is very convincing, as is the skill of Jack and his colleagues. What research did you need to do? Do you have experience of your own on which to call?

Seumas – Well, I could tell you… and then I’d have to kill you… you know how that works! One of the trouble-shooting engagements I undertook in Asia involved cleaning up a distressed ferry company, with more than its fair share of criminal elements around it. Cleaning that up resulted in the need for an armoured car and a squad of SAS-trained bodyguards… that was the seed for the story line idea. Apart from that, with the Web at our fingertips, it’s simpler now to check on facts as far as possible.

Alison – You have lived, and currently live, in some exotic places. What inspired you to move around the world? Have you based the locations in your books on the places in which you’ve lived?

Seumas – Originally, 43 years ago, the move from Scotland to London for ten years as a young banker was massive. Thereafter it was the money trail. Hong Kong was followed by Singapore, then a year in Australia. Next up was the Philippines, and eventually to the Middle East. The underpinning career of banking edged into the Foreign Exchange dealing and Money Markets, then on to being a corporate trouble-shooter. The assignments took me all over the planet. I’ve never owned a camera in my life, preferring the visual memories and interface with characters I’ve met along the way, good ones and not so pleasant ones. A lot of that is present in the books

Alison – You are a prolific blogger, treating us to a highly entertaining post daily. Do you plan your blogs in advance, or write about whatever’s on your mind each day?

Seumas – During the day, I may or may not get a simple idea to build a blog post around. However, the approach to the daily piece is ‘blank sheet of paper and blank mind’, then press the mental ‘GO’ button. The flow of words is simply a flow of consciousness, with no capital letter sentence starts or full stops… it’s quirky, but my friends on the Web seem to approve.

Alison – It certainly works for me. You’ve made a success out of publishing your work via Kindle. Briefly, what is the process from finishing your ‘wee masterpiece’ to sending it out into the world?

Seumas – It starts loooo-ooo-ooo-ooong before finishing the wee masterpiece. ‘Building the Platform’ via the extensive use of the social networks is constant and, in my opinion, absolutely vital to a modern scribbler. It’s no use throwing your masterpiece out there unless somebody’s gonna catch it. I reciprocate as much as possible for others through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and other channels. I also mix the offerings on Amazon Kindle… paids, Free Promos, and now the discount route via the Amazon Countdown Program.

Alison – Will you continue writing thrillers, or are you tempted by any other genres?

Seumas – For the meantime, there’s a whole raft of ideas for stories in the Jack Calder thriller series, and I’ve become part of the characters’ family. I don’t want to desert them just yet. As a (much) younger lad, I used to indulge in some poetry, a bit of which I’ve teased on to the blog from time to time. For the past four years, I’ve harboured a storyline in my head, a lot more ‘literary’ in style to the present stuff, but I think that may take a lot longer to indulge while my name is associated with the Jack Calder series.

Alison – Was it always your ambition to be a writer, or was it a skill you discovered you had by chance?

Seumas – I’ve always dabbled in bits and pieces, but never really got motivated to do ‘that book we all supposedly have in us’ until about five years ago. I now wish I’d started 40 years ago, as I enjoy the whole self-publishing ‘writing business’ experience. However, 40 years ago, there were no eBooks or Kindle, so it may not have developed as quickly as it has done recently for me.

Alison – What does the future hold for you personally? Is a return to Scotland on the cards?

Seumas – I live for the moment, and Abu Dhabi is okay for the meantime. I’d be delighted to see my writing progress to a regular international recognition as a novelist.

Alison – Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. Luv ye!

Seumas – Thanks , m’Lady for having me aboard again. LUV YEEZ back!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading Seumas’s interview as much as I’ve enjoyed hosting it. It’s always a huge thrill to chat to an author whose work I love, and Seumas is always happy to connect with his fans via a variety of networks:

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If you’d like to BUY THE BOOKS here are the links:

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THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY Purchase links   UK   USA   Canada

VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK Purchase links   UK   USA   Canada

SAVAGE PAYBACK Purchase links   UK   USA   Canada

WELL I’LL BE BLOGGERED Purchase links   UK   USA   Canada

HAPPY READING!

Please Welcome – Seumas Gallacher

I’m taking a one day break from ‘Alison’s Advent Calendar’ because I have an early Christmas gift – a guest post from the fabulous SEUMAS GALLACHER.  I enjoy Seumas’s blog on a daily basis; his humorous observations, all written in a Govan accent (you’ll see what I mean), have me laughing out loud and agreeing at the same time. In stark contrast to his light hearted blog, Seumas is the author of faced paced and gritty thrillers THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK and the recently published SAVAGE PAYBACK, all of which have received glowing reviews.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the Scottish kilted author – Seumas Gallacher.

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…be careful kids… it’s a jungle out there… beware of becoming a horse’s lunch…

…this ol’ Jurassic has less time left to his end date than the time lapsed since he first came whistling into the WURLD as a naked Scots bairn in the late ‘forties… incorrectly termed ‘the bad old days’ in Docklands Govan in Glasgow, growing up there was, for the large part, a colourful, eventful passage in my life… now and again, lovely wee flashbacks flit in and out of what remains of my little grey cells and I smile to myself… and wonder, how the hell did we kids ever survive?… don’t get me wrong… there was never shootie-guns or meat-cleaver attacks… drugs were a disease as yet to be visited onto a future Glasgow… but danger and peril lurked at every turn… especially if yeez were only five years old… let me illustrate with a trio of traumatic chapters impacting my psyche before I had even reached the grand old age of six (it might have been six-and-a half, but who’s counting?)… ABANDONMENT : first day at primary school, new SupaDuke shoes laced up, knitted brown jersey, and a handkerchief sewn onto the end of the sleeve… delivered at exactly nine in the morning into a crowd of thirty or forty similar waifs at the infant class… me Mammy pushed me into the throng, and then left… yes… left… gone… vanished… vamoosed… along with thirty or forty other Mammys… nob’dy told us they would be coming back at eleven to retrieve us… like an invisible switch, over three dozen children began to bawl in unison… no amount of sewn-on handkerchiefs were any match for the tsunami of tears… until now, that was prob’ly the longest two hours of my existence… ANIMAL ATTACKS : there was lots of time for playing in the streets… very few motor vehicles made it in to darkest Govan… coal deliveries came in horse-drawn carts… but significantly, horses also came in horse-drawn carts… I don’t know how big a horse may seem to me nowadays, but back then they stood miles higher than my wee-Jimmy frame… kids held no fear of these tame beasties, and often were allowed to feed them carrots and other delicacies while they stood waiting for the delivery men to move onto the next stop in the tenement… unhappily for me, on one occasion I wandered too close beneath the front end of Black Beauty’s brother, and my skull became the menu delicacy of the day… a neat nibble removed a half inch of skin and attendant hair, causing a whoosh of blood… I went off screaming to me Mammy, who didn’t seem to share the sense of calamity that I had… when she’d stopped laughing, a dose of ointment stemmed what to me were gallons of my life-blood… to this day, in a certain light, a little bald patch gleams at the back of the skull… HUMAN ATTACKS : as small children in an impoverished neighbourhood, school lunches were supplied at minimal cost (1/6d in old money for five lunches, which being in Scotland, were called ‘school dinners’)… each midday, the classes were formed up into hand-in-hand double lines and marched to the nearest hall for assembly for ‘dinner’… in one memorable interlude I’d noticed the potatoes coming from the metal containers were green… and I refused to eat them… I was frog-marched to the headmaster, an unforgettable Mister Donaldson, sitting at the front table with the rest of the teachers… ‘…what’s wrong with yer potatoes, boy?…’ and in that naïve honesty possessed only of small children, I relied, ‘…please, Sir, they’re sh*te…’ the ensuing smack across my face came so rapidly it knocked me to the floor… I got up, dodged the grappling hands trying to propel me forward for a second dose, and scrambled out of the hall… I ran all the way home to me Mammy, two streets away and blurted between sobs, ‘…a big man hit me…’ …back we went together to the hall… the b*stard Donaldson repeated to me Mammy what I’d said… the next thing I knew was another belt across the face… from her!… the upshot was, I went off potatoes for at least a couple of years after that… and kids of today don’t think they’ve got it easy?… hmmmph… all the same, be careful kids… it’s a jungle out there…

Seumas Gallacher…Author Background

profileSeumas Gallacher was born in the cradle of the Govan shipyards in Glasgow in the so-called ‘bad old days’, which were really the greatest of days, where everybody was a true character of note.

An early career as a trainee banker led to a spell in London, where his pretence to be a missionary converting the English fell on deaf ears.

Escape to the Far East in 1980 opened up access to cultures and societies on a global scale, eventually bringing the realisation that the world is simply one large, extended village.

The lifelong desire to write resulted in THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, the first in a planned series. Seumas’ sequel novel, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK was launched in early July 2012. The third, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was released in late 2013 with at least two other books to follow in the same vein. Ebook downloads on his novels exceed 70,000 to date.

Seumas lives in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

 

It’s been fabulous to host Seumas on ‘An Author’s View’ today; I got so excited about the post I put orange juice in my coffee instead of milk! If you’d like to discover more about Seumas and his work he is always happy to chat with his readers. Here are some links for you:

Purchase links for THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY – Amazon UK   Amazon USA  Amazon Canada

Purchase links for VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK – Amazon UK   Amazon USA  Amazon Canada

Purchase links for SAVAGE PAYBACK – Amazon UK   Amazon USA  Amazon Canada

Seumas has also released a couple of collections of his hilarious blog posts:

WELL I’LL BE BLOGGERED – Amazon UK   Amazon USA   Amazon Canada

THE BLOGGER’S GUIDE TO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – Amazon UK   Amazon USA   Amazon Canada

Follow Seumas on TWITTER

Follow Seumas on FACEBOOK

Send Seumas an email seumasgallacher@yahoo.com

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