Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Ten Facts About ... Seumas Gallacher

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

SG : I don’t think it was a ‘realisation’… more of a slow dawning that the immersion in writing was giving me so much pleasure. The first novel was written only 5 years or so ago, after a decades-long career in the financial world as a corporate trouble-shooter.

That initial writing foray was to salve the ‘I can write that book that everybody’s supposed to have in them’ feeling. It’s taken off from there. Since then, the added allure of the SOSYAL NETWURKIN whirl to help BUILD THE PLATFORM is something this old Jurassic has taken to like a duck to water. LUVVIN IT!

How long does it take you to write a book?

SG : The first book, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, took only three months to get the first draft finished, the second, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK absorbed seven months, the third, SAVAGE PAYBACK, gobbled up thirteen months. Much of that extending time was spent honing editorial skills, which is paramount to get the work to the point where I’m happy for people to read it. The next one is not going to take anything like that length of time (fingers crossed!)

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

SG: For me it’s paramount to have a disciplined routine, at least for the writing/creative part of the business (I look on the writing as a business, encompassing the ‘after-scribbling’ work as much as the actual writing.) I write in the mornings for a couple of hours, and if time permits later in the day, I’ll write then, also. In between, I spend daily allocated time on the SOSYAL NETWURKIN channels, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, LinkedIn and my Blog, all of which are important pieces of the jigsaw for getting my name and my work into the readership universe.

How many crime novels have you written?

SG: So far, the three mentioned above, and currently on the fourth, with at least another two to follow… the ideas for crime thrillers are so easy…all I have to do is watch the cable channel news for ideas. 

Which is your favourite and why?

SG: That’s like asking a parent which is the favourite offspring. I get so engrossed in each of them when I write, I like them all equally (they’re my little babies!)

Where do you get your ideas?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/seumas-gallacher/e/B005DVJY8U/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=3194&creative=21334&linkCode=shr&tag=lorrmace-21SG: The theme for all the Jack Calder series (he’s the main character) originated from my time in the Far East, where one of my engagements was managing the turnaround of a stricken ferry company. I fired six hundred trade union dockworkers, and took several local policemen and mayors off the security payroll in the townships we served, as they were helping themselves to the company’s money and assets. Death threats followed as did the need for an armoured car and a squad of armed bodyguards for three years. These guys were trained by a former SAS officer. Hence the genesis of the Jack Calder character.

Who is your favourite character from your own work and why?

SG: Strangely, a minor character from the first novel. A South American ‘fix-things’ guy who helps with some of the undercover black ops scenes. His role was needed for only a couple of chapters, but I had such fun with the scenarios created through his presence, I was sad to have to write him out of the book (I didn’t kill him off, so perhaps I can bring him in again in another novel).

Which character from the work of others do you wish you’d invented and why?

SG: There are so many, but I recall what an impact ‘Lee’ made on me from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The character is an educated housekeeper of Chinese immigrant parents. Throughout the novel, he acts as the philosophical voice and stabilising force in the household of the principal proponents, the Trask family. Terrific characterisation, and a piece of genius in deflected story-telling from Steinbeck.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/seumas-gallacher/e/B005DVJY8U/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=3194&creative=21334&linkCode=shr&tag=lorrmace-21If you could have been someone from history involved in crime (good or bad) who would that be and why?

SG: Easy one. Eliot Ness. Champion of the good over the bad guys. Gutsy, maverick, determined.

What are you working on now?

SG: The fourth in the Jack Calder series, KILLER CITY, and hope to have it up on Amazon Kindle soon after New Year.

Seumas 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 THEVIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, the first in a planned series. Seumas’ sequel novel, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK was launched in early July 2012. The third, SAVAGEPAYBACK, 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.

Blog                : http.www.seumasgallacher.wordpress.com
Twitter             : @seumasgallacher
Facebook         : http://www.facebook.com/seumasgallacher
Email               : seumasgallacher@yahoo.com

Crime Thrillers by Seumas Gallacher


1 comment:

Seumas Gallacher said...

Thanks for the interview, m'Lady... great questions... a pleasure to be featured on your wonderful blog... :)