Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Ten Facts About … Seumas Gallacher
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?
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?
SG: 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.
If 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.