Today, I would like to introduce my dear friend and fellow
author, Seumas Gallacher.
I first met Seumas about 7 years ago, through Twitter and
blogging, just after he released his 2nd book of the Jack Caulder
Since then, I’ve come to know him as a friendly gentleman
with a witty sense of humor, an outgoing and honest personality, who is skilled
in a variety of backgrounds, including his talents as an author.
In the recent release of his autobiography, Seumas paints a living portrait from his humble beginnings in the slums of Docklands, Govan in Glasgow, Scotland, across 50 years and 3 continents. To say that he has lived an interesting and colorful life, though not without its pitfalls, merely scratches the surface of a life that most can only imagine.
Seumas has graciously agreed to do a guest post here today,
to share some insight into his personal journey. Thank you, Seumas, for this
A Journey to myself – writing my autobiography
For authors, the old maxim is often quoted, ‘Write about
what you know.’
I’ve been at this writing game properly for over a decade
now, with a back list of five crime thrillers, a book of my poetry, a self-help
marketing and promotional guide for authors, and almost 2,000 blog posts. Add
to that a catalogue of half-a-dozen ghostwriting assignments for other people’s
‘autobiographies’, and it’s of little wonder that the thought occurred to put
my own life story and experiences to print. ‘Write about what you know.’
What happened next was a sometime bewildering, sometime
painful, sometime joyful, but always exhilarating, writing trip of discovery. I
now understand more clearly than ever before just how much I am truly an
amalgam of everything, everybody and everywhere with which and with whom I have
ever been associated.
Were there regrets? Of course. Probably far too many to
register. I doubt if more than a handful of people on this planet have led a
flawless, blameless existence. But I do know that every single incident and
experience, good, bad and indifferent, was necessary to bring me to this moment
in my life. And I would not seek to change one second of it.
It is amazing how memories bring back not only the plain
telling of the story, but for me, it also recalled the feelings and emotions
that I had in most of them. I felt them again, and again, and again, some with
laughter, but also many of them attended with a quiet tear.
I believe, at this age, finally, I am aware of who and what
I am as a person. I like the man I see in the mirror each morning, although it
was not always thus. I have acquired a tolerance of myself and my own
shortcomings, but more importantly, I have learned to ‘live and let live’ in
relation to others whom I meet day to day.
What surprises me, is that having published the book just a
few weeks ago, I find that I am remembering many other things which could have
been included in the memoir. I will resist the temptation to edit online the
Amazon Kindle version, which is easy to do, on the same premise that once I
finish writing my novels, I leave them finished.
To all my author friends and even those who have not yet
caught the writing addiction, you may want to consider a similar project. It is
a wondrous journey to yourself.
Here’s the book blurb:
Fact is often more
incredible than fiction.
Seumas Gallacher has survived
long enough to savour places, characters and events for more than forty years
in the Far East and the Arabian Gulf.
He started life in
Scotland, travelled far and wide as a wannabe Trainee Master of the Universe,
but the Universe had other plans for him.
From a career in banking,
he escaped to become a corporate trouble-shooter.
He discovered the joy and
torture of becoming a wordsmith, writing five best-selling crime novels, a book
of poetry, and being hyper-active on social media.
“Live a life worth living, a life of integrity. Be real, kind, helpful and wise, always with an attitude of gratitude. And whatever it is you do, give 110% effort to it, even in the little things”. – Amber