Today, we’re celebrating the re-release of Seumas Gallacher’s novel, SAVAGE PAYBACK. I first met Seumas on his excellent blog. If you’re not already a follower, I suggest you subscribe. I’m happy to have Seumas here today to answer a few questions. Before we begin the interview, let’s have a look at SAVAGE PAYBACK:
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.
Welcome, Seumas. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Bought my first ever laptop about 6 years ago to start typing the first Jack Calder crime thriller, one finger from each hand, which is still how I work. Just realised one day it was about time to give myself a kick in the butt and get on with writing a novel, any novel, just so I could say I’d done it. Now I can’t see myself not writing, either the novels and/or the blog.
Born Scottish, but travelled internationally in career spanning five decades and three continents. LUVVED every minute of it, and still do.
When did you begin writing?
Apart from the usual teenage scribbling of some poetry and short stories, I never got going until six years ago. I think the wait has lent a lot more depth and life experience to contribute to the credibility of my quill-scraping.
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
SAVAGE PAYBACK is the third in the series of a trio of former SAS commando officers who set up their own specialist security firm. During the protection of their clients interests , they rub up against international crime lords, drug pedlars, people traffickers, money launderers and more nice guys like that. They indulge their black operations skills in dealing with the various villains.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I was a corporate troubleshooter for many years. One of my engagements in the Far East required the constant use of an armoured car and armed body guards. They had been trained by a former SAS officer. That’s where the ideas stemmed from.
If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?
How can you ask any literary parent to choose amongst their wee babies? I genuinely like all of them. Sorry, but that’s the truth.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
All the main characters have their unique attractions for me, but one minor character appeared in the first novel, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY. He‘s Rico, a South American ‘facilitator’ for stuff the main guys need in pursuit of the bad guys. He’s funny, but smart, and I hated having to write him out (I didn’t kill him, so he may return at some later stage).
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Learning the basics about pace, balance, and relevance of the content in the narrative. Making the story ‘breathe’ by understanding the difference between passive and active technique.
What is your primary goal as an author?
As a writer, I want to continue to enjoy the buzz I’ve enjoyed since starting this entire trip. As a businessman, on the commercial side, like most authors, I wouldn’t say no to multi-million book sales, and a TV series and a Hollywood script!
What projects are you currently working on?
The fourth Jack Calder story in the series, KILLER CITY, is current Work-in-Progress, but I have ideas fomenting already for the fifth book.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Start right now to develop a strong presence on the social networks, particularly tying your channels in through an Author’s blog, and continue to do that regularly. Write, write, read, write, write. Enjoy it!
About Seumas Gallacher:
Seumas Gallacher was born in Clydeside, Govan in Glasgow and spent his formative teens in the idyllic Scottish Hebridean island of Mull. His career as a banker took him from Scotland to London for ten years and thence on a further twenty-five year global odyssey through Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines in Asia. Along the way he metamorphosed into a corporate troubleshooter and problem solver. He came to the United Arab Emirates for a month in 2004 and has remained in Abu Dhabi ever since.
A late discoverer of the joys of writing, his first two novels, The Violin Man’s Legacy and Vengeance Wears Black have sold more than 70,000 copies. The third in the Jack Calder series, Savage Payback was launched in late 2013.
Seumas has become a strong proponent of the use of the social networking channels to reach and engage with a global readership market in the new age of self-publishing and eBooks. Seumas is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on how to develop productive online relationships. He was voted Blogger of the Year 2013.
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