…it will come as no surprise to some of yeez to learn that as a wee boy at school in Docklands, Govan in Glasgow, Master Gallacher was a bit of a ‘smart-ass’…a trait that has doubtless recognisably carried forward into my more advanced years… always first to raise my hand to try to answer the teacher’s questions… always striving to be first finished with the classroom-bound written exams so I could, “…go ootside and play, noo, please Miss?”… comes now ‘The Writer Age’… the Scribbler-at-Large... pensmith of novels… blithely transferring the contents of what’s left of my wee grey cells onto the laptop, hopefully for international reader consumption, and possible approbation… thus far, yer Lordships and Ladyships of the e-Reading Universe have wrought unbounded kindness and generosity on my WURKS, by downloading my baby masterpieces on a regular basis… Kindlers Listers, all, yeez have my grateful thanks… with broad readership also comes a responsibility… to get yer facts correct, even in a piece of fiction... recently, being merely an older version now of that aforementioned ‘smart-ass’ schoolkid, I’ve read more than a coupla books where I’ve picked up on errors of fact… even fictional writing sometimes contains reference s to ‘real’ things, places, and events… any mistakes in these WILL be spotted by SUMB’DY… and there goes yer credibility with that particular reader… fr’example, the cover of my second Jack Calder novel, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK, depicts a Gurkha kukri knife… I found a picture of a real kukri to use… in the fourth novel, KILLER CITY, I needed to know exactly about timetables for flights in and out of Manchester airport in the north of England… I wrote to the airport authorities in Manchester to enquire about those, and they kindly sent me three pages of detail, of which I was able to correctly use ten WURDS of that for my narrative’s purpose… but the point is, THEY WERE TEN CORRECT WURDS... another time, my dear Author pal, Eric J. Gates, pointed out to me that the colour of Semtex is orange-red, not grey, as I had mistakenly assumed… I corrected that in the first novel, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY…
…Authors, as much as possible, check the facts… yer readers will LUV yeez for it…
THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY
VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK
…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!
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