HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
I pondered long and hard on the best way to introduce renowned author Seumas Gallacher, and the first word which came to mind was Charismatic (full of charisma and charm) and – as he calls me ‘m’Lady’ – thought it entirely apt and fitting.
Like most inhabitants of the planet, we can only fervently hope that 2021 is hugely improved on last year. Surely, from many viewpoints, there has never been a more tumultuous twelve months since World War II!
So, we can do no better than respect the obvious and kick-start the year with someone as interesting, capable, talented and entertaining as Seumas, who is known to many users of the internet and a myriad other souls scattered all over the planet, more especially those who read! Naturally, some folk know more about our author than others, so I’ll now switch to first person and ask Seumas some direct questions.
Me. Hi m’Lord. First off, the warmest welcome to my home in sunny Spain. Please make yourself comfortable. May I offer you a tipple, or would you prefer tea or coffee?
S. Diet Coke is my poison of choice, thanks, with ice – lemon not necessary…
Me. What is the most enduring memory you have of childhood, and where was it spent?
S. So many, good, and some not so terrific… my infant school days, as a totality, I think, where I was completely comfortable…
Me. Is there anyone or anything special that lingers in your mind from those days?
S. The teaching staff, all of whom were ladies, Miss Knox who taught us all how to knit and do crochet, even the boys … Miss MacLeod, who gave every child as much time as she felt necessary to help them, and Mrs Burnside, who ruled her class with a siren voice, but a gentle giantess in her own way, and an absolute hero of a headmaster, Carl Caplan (you will read about him in my memoir).
Me. Were you born brainy, or did you have to work hard to reach your goal/s?
S. It seems I was supposedly a bright child, and have always had a fascination for learning things… I have SO MUCH trivia in my head from through the years… I have a capacity for remembering detail from years ago…
Me. Does writing fulfil you? And have you hankered after any other role in life?
S. Writing certainly has fulfilled much of my desire of being able to express myself… to unload a lot of things from my inner being, especially in my poetry… I believe that real poetry is a highly selfish, personal thing, a matter of taking emotions and wrapping words around them… and I have no qualms about that… as for other career ambitions, I would dearly love to have been allowed to sing on stage for a living.
Me. If you could grant just one wish for the betterment of the world, what would it be?
S. Let all Mankind take note of the second part of their description…’kind’… and ease all manner of anxieties and sufferings anywhere it exists around the planet.
Me. If you were invisible, what mischief would you get up to?
S. If somehow it were possible to get invisibly into political lawmakers’ offices and rewrite all the laws to equalise pay and conditions for all of the front line and support services people who sustain our hospitals and other areas of public service.
Me. Describe your favourite way of relaxing.
S. Watching professional English Premier League football on television… in Bahrain, we get every match televised live… I also get therapeutic pleasure from being active on the few social network channels that I indulge.
Me. Do you have a bucket list, and if so, what’s on it?
S. Not a bucket list as such, as that almost accepts an ‘end’ to everything… I would like to be financially well off enough to spend a lot of my life travelling the world meeting fellow writers.
Me. What do you feel the most passionate about?
S. Depends what day you ask me that question, as there are so many things… but I am big on ‘giving back’ in many small ways on a daily basis if I can, and not letting people know about it…
Me. Pet hate?
S. Bullies in any form or station in life, in business or in private life… I generally meet them head on, for better or worse.
Me. Which two people would you like to have dinner with? (Dead or alive.)
S. Peter Ustinov and Billy Connolly… but again, ask me on other days and there will be plenty of different pairings…
Me. Name two favourite pieces of music.
S. Anything haunting from the Celtic genre, and the past concerts of The Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and the magnificent Kris Kristofferson).
Me. Name two favourite authors.
S. So many again to choose, but Charles Dickens and John Steinbeck are always high on my list of favourite literary giants.
Me. Name a Favourite holiday destination.
S. The small township of Tobermory on the beautiful Isle of Mull in the Scottish Inner Hebrides, where I lived and worked as a young man in my late teens.
Me. What is your favourite genre, Seumas?
S. Anything by the old authors from a century and more ago, as they had a command of the English language which I adore and rejoice in reading.
Me. Why do you enjoy writing so much? And which one of your books means the most to you?
S. Exercising my mind has always been something I have been conscious of… use it or lose it! My favourite among all my writing is the autobiography… I like reading about the guy I became.
Me. How would you like to be remembered?
S. As someone who would rather do right by people than otherwise…
Me. That wasn’t too painful, was it, Seumas! It’s been great having you here and learning so much more about you. Live long and be happy. Cheers!
S. Thanks for allowing me space on your pages, m’Lady!
© Copyright Joy Lennick 2021
Seumas’ website is here and you can purchase his books here on Amazon.
Thanks, Joy. It was great to catch up with Seumas again. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person a few years back, in London, and charismatic is right. Good luck to both with all your projects and happy 2021!
Thank you. I would love to have met Seumas too…Here’s to a happier New Year!
What a lovely interview! I have read some of his work.
Thanks, Pamela, Seumas is quite a character. Cheers!
What a fun interview with Seumas.Joy! He’s such a wonderful personality and humanitarian soul. I loved his answer about kindness. Best of luck to you both in the coming year. Be well.
Glad you enjoyed it,Diane. I would like to have met Seumas… A much improved New Year to you. Tale care.
It’s always fun to visit with Seumas. What a treasure. Hugs to you both.
Isn’t he just, Teagan! Hugs to you too. x
Sir Seumas is the perfect person to feature on your first post of 2021! I would love to have dinner with him and his two famous guests. That would be so much fun.
Thanks Darlene. There was talk of him coming to Spain -i would love to meet him – but he has been having cancer treatment, and what with Covid…say no more! Hugs x.
Excellent interview, Joy. I hadn’t heard of SG before. From reading the interview, I know that he’s a good guy.
Gracias!. Seumas Is quite a character. If you get a chance to look at his author page, there’s a video with Hitler and henchmen on it, which is truly hilarious! A Happy new Year to you both. Cheers. x
Thank you for the engaging introduction to Seumas Gallacher, Joy. I hadn’t encountered him before. I just checked out his website and got sucked into the Hitler video. It was hilarious!!!
How lovely to see Seamus here a true gentlemen…I love the Hitler Video I might watch it again 🙂 xx Stay well both of you xx
Hi Carol, I could easily watch it periodically because it always makes me laugh. So well made and believable!! Did I tell you one of my nephews has married a sweet Thai woman but they are stranded from each other by Covid (he’s in the uK) So sad as her mother is bedridden and she is her Carer. The virus must have caused so much havoc in the world, quite apart from the terrible death toll. MUST.be positive about the future. Happy New Year! xx
How lovely to see Seumas here, Joy. A lovely interview with a true gent. Happy New Year to you both and for all your loved ones. ❤ xXx
Gracias Jane, And the happiest, most improved… New Year to you and your family too. Hugs xx
A fun little interview with the always humorous Seumas. Happy New Year to both of you. xx
Terrific interview Joy and Seumas Happy New Year and I will share tomorrow in the Blogger Daily .
Sorry Joy.. I meant on Friday… all set.. hugsx
Your ‘Thanks bank’ over-floweth…. xx
You’re an inspiration, Joy,
How very kind. I certainly don’t think so…but it’s nice to hear! Hope you’ve changed your mind about writing another book? Your first was a great read – I thoroughly enjoyed it on several levels, it was beautifully descriptive, and as I’m a bit of a empath, I felt for your heroine.. The process of getting characters ‘across’ can be tricky, but I love it when it works, as it did in your book. Here’s to your next tome, Ruth! Take care and have a better year in 2021. Hugs xx
A lovely interview, Joy. Seumas, diet coke is bad for you [smile], but I am also guilty of drinking it occasionally. I am really pleased to learn more about Seumas and his writing, Joy. Charles Dickens is a great favourite of mine too.
Thanks for reading the interview, Robbie. Seumas is such an engaging character…As for Dickens, I was always impressed by his writing as I knew he never had a formal education. I too left college at 15, nothing unusual in the ‘old’ days…My husband left at 14 but was always second top in class and is a bright, curious man. Reading and crosswords certainly help…Happy New Year. Take care. xx
An invisible Seamus sneaking into the governments of the world – what a great thought.
The role seems to fit him well… Thanks for reading. Happy, safe New Year.
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A nice interview with an accomplished author and amazing guy.
Thank you for reading. Yep, I too am very fond of Seumas. He’s quite a character. Cheers! .
What a lovely interview, Joy!
I live in Germany and to this day I didn’t know Seumas Gallacher. This interesting interview made me curious about his books. I’ll see if there are also german translations for the beautiful books.
Joy, have a healthy and peaceful day !
Greetings from Germany…🌹🌹Rosie
Thank you kindly, Rosie. Our Seumas is not only a good writer, he’s one of the good guys…A very peaceful, happy day to you too. Cheers from Spain. Joy x
Thanks for the introduction to Seumas Gallacher. I feel uncultured not to have read his book after reading your interview 🙂 Thanks, Joy.
I have never come across Seumas Gallacher but found the interview delightful. Our plan was to go to the Outer Hebrides this summer, but that is not going to happen. The Inner Hebrides is also on our list of places to go so maybe one day we will be able to.
Good hearing, Tandy. Thank you for your kind comment. There are so many fascinating places on our planet to visit. We managed a fair few countries before age caught up with us, so have some great memories.Hope you’ll both see many more when this pandemic releases its hold..Take care. xx
Fantastic interview with Seumas, Joy. Seumas always comes across as a lovely person and so interesting too. I have to get to his books, they are on my kindle patiently waiting. Your interview has reminded me!
Hi Marje, Yep, Seumas is a great character and his heart is in the right place..(He writes well too!). Take care. xx