…I’m having great fun introducing to yeez some of the characters from my Jack Calder crime thriller series… the other day, it was the trio of former SAS guys, Jack Calder, Jules Townsend and Malky McGuire… the main female in the books is without peer (or peeress, I s’pose, Mabel)… May-Ling Calder, the wife of Jack… however, as yeez might suspect, May-Ling does have a a peeress in real life, or rather, an amalgam of peeresses… this ol’ scribbler spent some WURK time in Hong Kong and the Far East, during which sojourn, (inevitably some may say), a marriage was announced… wedded I was to a local Chinese lady, (sadly since, that relationship foundered on a surfeit of Master Gallacher’s misguided pursuit of a career as a Master of the Financial Universe… mea culpa… but I digress)…
…the fair damsel from that former British colony was more than a match and equal partner for this mere Scottish male… mine was not the only opinion of her as a beautiful lady… intelligent, witty, possessed of immense practicality, and an accomplished, celebrated artist in Chinese water-colour… but the deepest quality I observed at closer quarters than anyone else was her mental strength… bottle these and serve in rationed measure, and yeez have as close as yeez will get to May-Ling Calder… another couple of sidekicks in my stories are the two Scots bred in the old school of Scottish policing… Alan Rennie and Donnie Mullen… Alan, currently Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London, and Donnie, formerly head of London’s famous Flying Squad heavy crime combatants, have stellar backgrounds in their respective careers in cleaning up crime in the capital…
…Mullen also adds success in extinguishing much of the Chinese triad gangs in Hong Kong, where he was at one time May-Ling‘s boss… each of these two senior cops is modelled after the man who was with me as my best man at my first marriage, in Scotland, about 100 years ago… highlander, Duncan Campbell… he was in the real Flying Squad when I knew him in London, and a tougher, harder example of a fighting man from North of the Border would be hard to find… all these part-ghosts and mem’ries of men and women I’ve been privileged to have in my life flit in and out of my stories, but I assure yeez I had no direct intention of crafting it that way… the subliminal writer’s mind just produces stuff like that… next up will be ‘why do certain places appear on my books?’… watch this space… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!
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