…Jack..Jack… how could yeez let yer guard down to talk to Ms Dreadfulle about herself… yes, yes… I know she’s got her ‘ways’….but, ye’ve got yer image to think of, man… here’s what the woman wrote on her web page, http://blackfriarscourant.wordpress.com :
Greetings, My Literate Darlings!
Today, I have a very special treat for you. I have secured an interview with an action hero of high renown, none other than Jack Calder of International Security Partners. Jack not only looks marvelous in a kilt, he could pretty much run rings around most other security professionals in a tutu with both legs tied round his neck. Yes, he’s that good.
My interest in Jack was piqued during the greatest jewelry heist in London history. Quite the embarrassment of Piccaddilly, all those diamonds and rubies and emeralds going missing like that (rumor has it that some are still missing…I know nothing about that, of course…). Being fitted down the street at Mistress Rose’s, I immediately smelled a story…and Semtex…and smoke… and fire… (And how dare they use so much bang that they put a crack in Mistress Rose’s shop front!) Needless to say, I picked myself up off the floor and sped off half-pinned into my new corset to record the events.
Of course, I was absolutely appalled by the villains’ fashion sense. I mean really, Darling, lab coats and animal masks are so 1980’s … Any villain work her salt wouldn’t be caught dead wearing such pathetic… ah, but I digress.
Jack and his team were on scene not long after the thugs left in their stolen ambulances… my, I do like watching heroes do their work… Ever since that day, I knew I simply had to corner Jack for an interview… It took some doing…he is the secretive sort… rather a recluse. Rumors that blackmail of Jack’s ‘tame author’, the amazing Seumas Gallacher, was involved in securing a meeting with Jack over a pint are completely unfounded…
Unfortunately, the photo I snapped mysteriously disappeared from my camera, but I let it be…Given the often clandestine nature of the business Jack is involved in, I can see why he is reluctant to have his photograph in the public domain. First a little history might be in order…a wee bit of digging and crossing of palms brought me this excerpt from Jack’s Interpol file:
Jack Calder left the slums of Dockside Govan in Glasgow by joining the army as a raw lad of 17. The military life honed his physical and mental street-smart skills, and he quickly rose through the ranks. An early streaming brought him to the SAS, which toughened him further. He saw action in many covert actions in third world situations, where the black operations brought its own style of justice where needed. Retirement from the forces brought an invitation from his former C.O. to join a specialist security firm, International Security Partners, where his talents are still used to great effect. He married late in life to May-Ling Wong, a beautiful Eurasian, who headed up the firm’s business in Hong Kong. She considered the capture of the six-foot two, blue-eyed, blonde Scot as the best thing she ever did.
Thus prepared, I was able to meet up with Jack in an out of the way pub near Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow…
Question One: If you were to be caught in the act, what act would it be?
Jack: Not good for my ‘image’, but the act of bringing children safely out of horrendous circumstances across the under-privileged locations in the world. I can handle any number of bad guys, and dispatch them with little or no feelings, but the tragedy of the children cuts me up more than I care to confess. I think it’s perhaps a throwback to my days in the Govan slums.
Question Two: If you were walking down an alley, whistling in the dark, what would you know that the thugs in the shadows ahead would not?
Jack: First of all, I would only be whistling if I already knew or expected the thugs to be there, and it would be as a ruse to make them think I was unaware of their presence. Secondly, ‘taking care’ of myself in hand-to-hand combat is a highly lethal talent, learned from my time in the SAS. No fear. They’re dead men waiting.
Question Three: If I were to tell you that every move you made and every thought in your head were in the control of someone sitting in a pub with a frosty beverage, and a pen and paper, what would you do about it?
Jack: If the control was of the positive kind, I would carry on without a worry. If it proved to be negative, I would do something about it. Also, being a main character in the head of my ‘tame author’, I frequently just do and say whatever I want anyway, regardless of where he thinks I’m going.
Question Four: Describe your perfect getaway.
Jack: If by ‘getaway’ you mean egress from a combat situation, any exit where the operation has been successfully completed and all of our guys get back unhurt is a perfect getaway.
If you mean a vacation ’getaway’, anywhere with a comfortable bed, excellent cable television with streaming football, decent food and a fine library would fit the bill perfectly.
Question Five: Who is your favourite villain and what trait pushes him (or her…or it) to the top of the list?
Jack: Any bad guy played on screen by James Cagney or Robert Di Niro goes near the top, but Al Pacino’s Godfather, Michael Corleone, is as near to the perfect villain as you are likely to find. The embracing of the ‘family first’ idiom is great, and in the third movie in the Godfather series, he is eventually depicted as a paternal head with a heart.
Thank you, Jack, for the lovely interview. If you’d like to read the chronicles of Jack’s adventures (and I know you do!), you can find the links to Seumas Gallacher’s edge of your seat thrillers below.
Savage Payback: http://amzn.to/1oyHNah
Vengeance Wears Black: http://amzn.to/W59BB3
The Violin Man’s Legacy: http://amzn.to/10wnMXB
SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance five years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.
As the self-professed ‘oldest computer Jurassic on the planet’ his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer’s need to ‘build the platform’, and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 15,000 direct contacts.
His first two crime-thrillers, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK blew his mind with more than 75,000 e-link downloads to date. The third in what has become the ‘Jack Calder’ series, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was launched late 2013.
He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog less than two years ago, never having heard of a ‘blog’ prior to that, was voted ‘Blogger of the Year 2013′ and now has a loyal blog following on his networks. He says the novels contain his ‘Author’s Voice’, while the blog carries his ‘Author’s Brand’. And he’s LUVVIN IT!
…sheeesh, Jack… how could yeez?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…
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