Monthly Archives: January 2018

…a remarkable tribute for a remarkable man… from my friend, Amy Hoff…

…I’ve been privileged to know Amy Hoff for a few years via the SOSYAL NETWURKS, and at a get-together authors’ meeting in Glasgow a coupla years ago… Amy has asked if she can publish here a tribute to her late (as-close-as-you-can-get-to-being) father-in-law… it’s my honour to do so, and yeez’ll read for yourselves why:

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…what knavery therein lurks?

…one of the wee side issues which occurs frequently when people learn that this’ ol’ Jurassic is actually a scribbler is the request to have themselves feature in one of yer next crime thrillers… inevitably I ask the question, ‘Would that be as a good guy/lady or a bad guy/lady?’… the ratio normally lands sum’where around the 99.99999%/00.00001% in favour of the bad guy/lady… seems to me, there’s an insidious common desire in ordinarily law-abiding folks to act out really malevolent characters… Jack the Ripper and Dr. Crippen couldn’t hold a grisly candle against most of my poll-ees… the wannabe criminals-of-the-century include little old ladies more usually found with crochet needles by a fireside, or the gentlest of good individuals, with a killer lust hidden just beneath the surface… so p’raps I may be allowed to give yeez all a heads-up warning to be slightly more wary of that gentleman on the commuter bus or train who demonstrates the finest of manners by giving up his seat to an older person, shielding a secret lust to be the next Dr Hannibal Lecter... or show some caution around the charming smiler of a checkout person at the Tesco supermarket tills, hankering after notoriety as the grocery industry’s answer to Vlad The Impaler … the bank teller, who greets yeez with the grandest of welcomes at the bank counter, furtively nurturing the intent to be the successor to Genghis Khan at his marauding worst

 

…yeez think it couldn’t happen?… just ask any of my crime writing author pals… all things are possible in the land of the quill and keyboard… and lest yeez forget that wunnerful truism… fact is often stranger than fiction… for my part, I shall continue as ever as the peaceful bloke yeez see in the street everyday… or will I?… just be mindful and ask yourselves when thinking about what may be in the minds of others today… and tomorrow… and next week… what knavery therein lurks?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…the scariest Author project I’ve ever undertaken…

…it’s not often this ol’ Jurassic Scots scribbler gets the ‘wobbles’ during a project… my life to date has thrown up some seriously frightening interludes… more than my fair share, I guess… some of which were not of my own making, but others, well, were entirely a result of decisions I made independently… I don’t think any of us knowingly makes bad decisions… often decisions are seen later to be wrong, and other, better decisions are made to correct the previous ones, and so…  that there have been tons of ‘highs and lows’, ‘colour’, and ‘drama’,  is not in question… indeed it would be a very dull life for any of us if there were no ‘roller-coaster moments’… emotionally, financially, career-impacting… the usual life experience suspects… however, of late I have pondered, prevaricated, procrastinated, and then plunged headlong into an effort to record my own life story… or memoirs, call them what yeez will…

…the initial difficulty was persuading myself to get really ‘gut-honest’, as many of the things that  happened to me and around me are distant mem’ries… and more than slightly tampered with by the very passage of time itself… I recognize that, and am trying assiduously to keep it real’… and that’s where the ‘wobbles’ come in… hard guy from the Docklands Govan slums in Glasgow, I may think I am, but I have my moments of emotional rawness, (‘if you scratch me, do I not bleed’, sort of thing)… passages of the memoirs lately have caused me to stop for a while and take a deep breath… they are painful, some of them… family relationships… romantic liaisons, some requited, some disastrous… achievements and failures, of which there have been plenty of both… the wonder at having survived on this planet thus far is cause for thanks… a belief system that has developed within me over the years, which is not religious, but my own, personal version of being spiritual, guides much of my present day behaviour… I have my moments of cynicism (who doesn’t?) about the madness of Mankind in general, much outweighed by the inner beauty of individuals I meet constantly… coming up for breathe from the ‘wobbles’ is necessary, and lets me recharge before diving back into the project again… the scariest Author project I’ve ever undertaken… wish me luck, good people… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ! 

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…Authors, do your Readers (or Listeners) ‘hunt in packs’?

…I must ‘fess up, that generally, I am not a follower of the crowd… and yet, I reckon I’m certainly not an anti-social creature… much the opposite in fact… I rejoice in good company, excellent conversation, and mingling with kindred spirits, both in face-to-face meetings and on the Web… I s’pose it comes down to knowing what I like at this stage in my life, and what I don’t… it took about a thousand years after the first Star Wars movie came out for me to go and watch one… and when everyone else extols any television series, that’s usually my signal to ignore it completely… in fact the last TV series I watched (and thoroughly enjoyed) was Boston Legal, with the incomparable James Spader and the ageless Betty White… (how long ago was that, Mabel?)… but I have noticed in the past few months a remarkable phenomenon, and, not surprisingly, it has to do with my Auntie Amazon-listed books , the Jack Calder crime thriller series…. like most Kindle-present writers, I glance at my sales pages now and then… (well, okay, about five times a day sometimes!)… and what I’ve discovered is that there will be spells of a few days when absolutely NUTHIN gets downloaded… then a burst of days, often for two or three weeks at a time, when every single day produces downloads… if I knew what caused the cycles, of course, I’d start messing about with them, so prob’ly just as well I leave them alone and let my much appreciated readership carry on as they are… but I wonder if others have the same experience with their books and Audio books?… Authors, do your Readers (or Listeners) ‘hunt in packs’?… anyway, here are my links, as usual:

THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY

myBook.to/theviolinmanslegacy

VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK

myBook.to/vengeancewearsblack

SAVAGE PAYBACK

myBook.to/savagepayback

KILLER CITY

myBook.to/calderkillercity

DEADLY IMPASSE

myBook.to/Calderdeadlyimpasse

…and the new Audio Book for THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2kaoOp0

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2iFLNbu

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2y7BdiL

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…well, Mr/Mrs/Ms Author, just how much of your writing is autobiographical?…

…this ol’ Jurassic’s first ever Jack Calder crime thriller, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, escaped from the laptop about ten years ago and has metamorphosed from eBook to paperback, and now, presto, hey… into Audio Book format… in the course of that journey, obviously I’ve read, and now listened to, the narrative mumble-mumble-times over… and surprisingly, its only now dawning on me just how much of that first penning came from disparate (and sum’times desperate) passages in my own life… so often I’ve been asked in the past decade ‘How much of your stories are autobiographical?’… and my response has always been, ‘very little’… but wee bits of people I’ve met – good, and not so pleasant, real characters, places I’ve lived in and visited across the globe, and events I’ve witnessed, all contribute tiny pieces of the mosaic to make up the  entire ‘business’ of a story… now, ‘fess up time… on hearing the excellent narration on the Audio by my pal, Chris C. Hogan, it hit me like a slap in the face with a wet fish, that there’s tons of my own life experiences in the book… and it leaves me wondering, how much more is there in my other novels?… now, yeez’ll be asking me, which parts are the ‘Master Seumas-y’ extracts… well, I could tell yeez, but then, I’d have to kill yeez, right?… suffice to say, the main character hero in the novels hails from Dockside, Govan in Glasgow… that should be a wee clue… and he’s six foot two and a blue-eyed, fair-haired, cracking-looking lad … and… what?!!!!? … what are yeez laughing at!… listen, if yeez are gonna be rude about stuff, well, I resemble that remark!… just go and have a listen to the terrific narration by young Master Hogan… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2kaoOp0

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2iFLNbu

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2y7BdiL

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