Author pal, Christoph Fischer has really pushed the boat out for this ol’ Jurassic recently with two book reviews and now a great fun interview… many thanks, that man.. I promise to pay for the damages..promise…
Author Interview—Seumas Gallacher
I am finally catching up with one of the great indie thriller writers. I reviewed two of his marvellous books recently, The Violin Man’s Legacy and Vengeance Wears Black.
Today I have the pleasure of an interview with the author.
Tell us a little about yourself as a writer and as a person.
Born in the Govan Docklands in Glasgow in the same street as the former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. He’s older than me by a handful of years, has much more money, but I’m better looking than he is. I have an IQ that apparently lets me solve the problems of the Universe, but I can’t switch a laptop on without the risk of it exploding. Wandered through the maze of international banking (shssh, whisper that) for forty years before escaping into the world of quill-scraping. LUVVIN IT!
Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?
Scribbled teenaged angst-ridden poetry and dabbled in short story fiction many years ago. Discovered ‘that book’ we all supposedly have in us about five years ago, and enjoying it so much now, I don’t wanna stop.
Tell us about your first book? How did you decide on the characters, plots and title?
‘The Violin Man’s Legacy’, the first book in what has now developed into the Jack Calder crime thriller series is about a trio of former SAS officers who set up their own security firm to engage in protection of high value goods and personnel. In the course of their business, they encounter international crime lords of sundry hue. Not being bound by the normal terms of engagement, they deploy their extensive black operations skills in countering the bad guys.
The idea for the stories was born in the Far East where at one point I was doing a ‘turnaround’ project for a stricken ferry company. I was obliged to fire trade union workers, policemen and local mayors in some places. That called for the need of an armoured car and armed bodyguards who were trained by a former SAS officer, who became a pal. The characters, plot and title were developed in a ten-day period when I walked twelve kilometres every evening, just thinking about how the book should be shaped.
Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?
I think a writer’s entire life and experience influences his/her work. As for other authors, see the question below about them.
When did you decide to write in this genre?
I’m attracted to any kind of good writing, but crime fiction seemed the easier route to begin with as a newbie scribbler.
Who would you hope plays the characters in a movie version?
Any of the usual suspects who attract audiences would be good.
Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you?
Always surprises. I usually know how the ending is going to pan out, but the plot and characters hijack the laptop so often, and they drive the narrative.
Which character did you most enjoy writing?
A minor character in the first novel, a South American guy called Rico, who helped to make things happen for the main men was a heap of fun. I reluctantly had to write him out of the novel (without killing him). I think he may make an appearance again in a later book.
What would your character(s) say about you?
I’d like to think they consider me flexible in allowing them to get on with their business. I understand some of the sh*t they have to put up with.
What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing?
I absolutely enjoy every bit of the ‘business’ of writing. My regret is that I didn’t discover this gig forty years ago. No least favourite thing. The whole nine yards comes as a package deal. The writing, the proofreading, the editing, the artwork, the Kindle formatting, the promotion. You name it, I LUV IT!
Who are your favourite authors?
So many, but include Dickens, Churchill, Steinbeck, Ruark, O’Hara, Solzhenitsyn.
Who are your favourite independent writers?
Again, so many, as I try to buy at least one new author’s work per week and eventually do a review for them, as part of my way of ‘giving back’. Include John Dolan, Joe McCoubrey, Rachel Abbott, Andrew Peters, Nancy Jardine, O.G.Tomes, Mac Logan, Eric Gates, Alex Shaw… the list goes on… there are some outstanding quill-scrapers out there.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?
About to start eBook, ‘One Last Summer’ by Gerald Neal.
What makes you laugh?
Lots of things tickle me. My god of comedy has been Billy Connolly for forty years. Anything that borders or overshoots on irreverence is always good.
What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?
A television set tuned to receive all the English Premier League football matches, an endless supply of Diet Coke, and good Scottish cheese, and my laptop.
Who would you like to invite for dinner?
So many again. If they were alive, Peter Ustinov and Winston Churchill. Also the above mentioned Mister Connolly, along with Judy Dench.
Hot or cold?
Salty or sweet?
What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?
Hopefully they’d think me witty and loyal as best. Oddest is spouting irreverence at the most inopportune times.
What would you choose as those qualities?
I never ever give up. (Best and oddest)
How do you handle criticism of your work?
I differentiate between ‘criticism’ and ‘critique’. The former is relegated to the mental garbage can. The latter I try to take aboard.
What are you working on now?
The fourth novel in the Jack Calder series, ‘Killer City’. I’m also currently considering publishing my thoughts, guidance and experience about this gig of self-publishing via Kindle and the proper use of the social networks to ‘build the platform’.
Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?
Just that I hope people get as much pleasure out of reading them as I do creating them. And many thanks, Christoph, for giving me room on this superb blog.
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