…I think my Author pals’ll understand… it’s ‘time’ to write ‘that OTHER book’…


…as Swiss cuckoo clock makers, horologists, watch-craftsmen, calendar creators and dateline experts will tell yeez – it’s all about timing… just under a decade or so ago, this ol’ Jurassic decided that it was just ‘time to write that book’ we all supposedly have in us… and the first of the Jack Calder crime thriller series was born… the reading public has been generous in its support of the books ever since, and I’m overwhelmingly grateful… but let me share with yeez sum’thing that’s been bubbling away in my head almost from that first day of scribbling all those years back… there’s ANOTHER book I really have been itching to write… a tome in a completely different JONGRR to Jack and his International Security Partners action stuff… I believe the posh term is ‘literary fiction’… isn’t every book ‘literary’, Mabel?… well, apparently my education broadens by the second as I looked up the meaning of ‘literary fiction’... thus : ‘Literary fiction comprises fictional works that hold literary merit; that is, they involve social commentary, or political criticism, or focus on the human condition. … Literary fiction is usually contrasted with popular, commercial, or genre fiction’… I wonder how many of yeez were as much in the dark as I was about that?… so, now that I have the definitive meaning, I’m more than ever possessed of an urge to get into it… and last night I typed the first bit of the thing… see what yeez think :

The Sand Whisperer 

“Go alone into the desert as evening falls, my son. Sit quietly on the sand. Let your mind be still. Your thoughts will speak to the silence. The silence will speak to the silence. Then the silence will speak to you.”

Abdulla Faisal Malouf, father of Ahmed Salman Malouf

…and I’ve realized that my reluctance to start on this one involved a concern that writing such a completely different type of book from the crime thrillers would risk (a) cannibalising my existing healthy Jack Calder crime fiction market, (b) confuse readers as to ‘what the heck is he writing now?’ (c)  NUTHIN else…


…let me share sum’thing else that has swung the cerebral vote in favour of grasping the alternative nettle now… all these years ago, after I’d completed the first novel, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, I sent the manuscript to a highly recommended ‘appraiser’ in England… then I journeyed from the Middle East all the way to Derbyshire to meet the lady… our discussion moved from Jack to my idea and content of the ‘literary novel’… she told me at the end of our chat that the sparkle in my eye and the excitement in my voice when I spoke about the latter, told her I should go for the novel I really felt so powerfully about writing… it has taken over eight years eventually to trigger it… emb’dy else ever felt these things?… I think my Author pals’ll understand… it’s ‘time’ to write ‘that OTHER book’… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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32 responses to “…I think my Author pals’ll understand… it’s ‘time’ to write ‘that OTHER book’…

  1. Your heart should always lead your mind in your writing, Seumas. But, dammit man, you already know this… What are you waiting for. Loved the atmospheric opener… want more.

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  2. Go Seumas go! Put me down for a preorder!

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  3. Yep. The golden rule is always to write what needs to come out… Best of luck with it:)

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  4. You could always write your new opus under a pseudonym…I believe “Jane Austen” is available

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  5. Go forth and good luck, Seumas.

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  6. Go for it! Grab the nettle, nay, grab the spike, and let it bleed onto the page as Hemingway said. I look forward to reading the new Sir Gallacher some day soon.

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  7. Go for it Seumas – the first person you should ALWAYS write for is . . . YERSEL’, anyone else who reads and enjoys your writing is a bonus! 👍🐵

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  8. Wendy Janes

    Great news, Seumas. I love literary fiction.


  9. We know and love Jack Calder. But to grow as a writer, an author needs to try a different genre. Enjoy writing something different.

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  10. Have fun! 😀 … I think the only difference between ‘literary’ and ‘genre’ is that ‘literary’ doesn’t consider itself a ‘genre’! 😀

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  11. Yes! Yes! Yes! 😀

    I hope you don’t mind, but you’ve been “memed!” (http://wp.me/p30cCH-2mn)

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  12. Good idea, Seumas, but be careful. “Literary fiction” is a fiction in itself, a world created and peopled by pretentious snobs claiming a dubious expertise. You find them in the art world and the world of fine wines. It’s often these people who judge which books and writers win prizes.
    The belief that “literary fiction” is a thing apart (from genre fiction) is a mistake. Did the Sherlock Holmes adventures of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle have literary merit? “Well written, thrilling stories,” the snobs would say. “But not literature.” Others disagree, including me.
    Let’s take the crime thriller writer Raymond Chandler. He wrote seven crime thrillers; terrific stuff never out of print. The Brit writer/critic Anthony Burgess said of his writing. “If that isn’t English literature I don’t know what is.”
    In his big novel (125,000 words) “The Long Goodbye”, Chandler set out to demonstrate that private eye crime thrillers could be taken into the world of serious literature. And many critics believe he succeeded.
    So, Seumas, I wish you good luck with this. Write whatever you want. But I would suggest you might do the same as Chandler. Stay with Jack Calder. And in your next ISP novel take your time, make it dystopian, put in some social commentary, political criticism and aspects of the human condition. But forget the idea that “literary fiction” is on a different plane to “mere” genre fiction. It isn’t. Cheers, pal.

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  13. It sounds as though living in the Middle East has influenced your writer’s brain in writing about people of the region, Seumas. It’s never too late to try something new. Many writers have done it. All the best in the new venture. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  14. Very interested to know this. I think we all should try something vis writing. I have two ‘literary’ (non-mystery/thriller) manuscripts in various stages of development. They demand my attention. So, back to work I go. Now about that time management thing….

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