I’m delighted to be welcoming Seumas Gallacher to Jera’s Jamboree today.
Seumas Gallacher was born in the cradle of the Govan shipyards in Glasgow in the so-called ‘bad old days’, which were really the greatest of days, where everybody was a true character of note.
An early career as a trainee banker led to a spell in London, where his pretence to be a missionary converting the English fell on deaf ears.
Escape to the Far East in 1980 opened up access to cultures and societies on a global scale, eventually bringing the realisation that the world is simply one large, extended village.
The lifelong desire to write resulted in THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, the first in a planned series. Seumas’ sequel novel, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK was launched in early July 2012. The third, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was released in late 2013 with at least two other books to follow in the same vein. Ebook downloads on his novels exceed 70,000 to date.
Seumas lives in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Please summarise your latest book in 20 words or less.
SAVAGE PAYBACK: Ex-SAS Jack Calder’s firm is dragged into deadly conflict with global drug lords and a former colleague lusting for revenge.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
The book is the third crime thriller in the Jack Calder series. When I worked in the Far East as a corporate trouble-shooter, one engagement required cleaning up a stricken ferry company. As part of that I had to fire hundreds of dockside trade union members and local cops and mayors who were on the take. It became necessary for me to have an armoured vehicle and a rotational squad of half a dozen armed guards, 24/7 for three years. These guys were trained by a former SAS officer. That became the seed idea for the Jack Calder character and stories.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
I try to discipline my time management, writing for a couple of hours most mornings and dedicate budgeted time daily to ‘building the platform’ of connections on the social networks. It’s paramount nowadays to have a relevant presence on the Web as an author.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I start with a strong idea of how the story will end up, and a rough notion of how to get there, but at times the plot and characters take over and drive the writing.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?
Generally speaking, I think it’s difficult for movies to capture the nuances that abound in a good book. I make it a rule always to read the book(s) first before watching the movie adaptation. Two major exceptions, which really did justice to the books, are in fact trilogies… the Lord of the Rings and the Godfather. The latter is by far and away my all time favourite.
Are there any tips you could share with new self-published writers that have worked well for you?
Sure. First of all, dispense with the tag ‘aspiring’. My view is, if you write even one sentence, then you are already a writer. It’s an attitude thing for me. Second, start NOW the building of your presence on the social networks. Third, reciprocate like crazy in giving a helping hand to other self-publishers by ReTweeting, sharing others’ success stories, buying novels by new authors, and posting honest reviews for them. Overriding all of that, keep practicing your craft. Read the people whose work you admire, and seek good advisors on the quality and progress with your writing.
Being a writer can be lonely. Do you have a support network?
I agree with that statement. It’s the loneliness of the long distance scribbler. The reciprocation I wrote of in the last question counters much of it for me. I have wonderful friends from the most generous, global family of authors. Mutual fortification is available there constantly.
What has been the best part of your writing journey so far?
There have been several, and they continue frequently to appear. The feeling I had the very first time I wrote ‘The End’ on a novel can only be understood by other authors. I was on a pink cloud for weeks, and it has felt equally good with each successive novel. Being recognized by my peers as an author of some merit, through generous reviews, creates a great and humbling emotion.
Seumas, thank you for being in my hot seat. I know many writers will agree with you.
Thriller with bloody twists and turns as ruthless killers meet their match in a former SAS hit squad.
Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Holland, but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meets the glamorous chief of ISP’s local bureau, May-Ling.
Together they begin to unravel a complex web of corruption. The twin spiders at the centre of this web are the Chan brothers, leaders of one of Hong Kong’s most ruthless and powerful triad gangs.
The trail of death and mayhem coils across Europe, Hong Kong and South America until all the scores are settled.
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Jack Calder and his former SAS colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm, are saved from certain death when an ex-Gurkha is killed smothering a deadly grenade thrown into a lunchtime Chinese restaurant in the West End of London. They learn that murderous turf wars are raging between Asian Triads and Eastern European mobsters vying for control of international fiefdoms of drug smuggling, people trafficking, prostitution and money laundering.
An unexpected visit from the highest levels of international law enforcement offers Jack and the ISP team a means to use their black operations skills to wreak a ruthless retaliation against the drug lords.
Unlikely partners emerge in their onslaught against the gangs as the warring criminal factions threaten an unholy alliance to repel them. The pursuit spins across Europe, Turkey and North Africa before a final reckoning.
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A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.
A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.
A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.
Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.
AMAZON LINKS for SAVAGE PAYBACK