…Authors… there’s NUTHIN like a good killin’…

…we Scots are supposedly derived from martial tribes… we can even put our accent to battle when required… especially the Docklands Govan, Glasgow version… but underneath, we are truly a gentle race…  once, as a young lad of eight years, I inadvertently killed a small vole on a farm near where the family was on holiday… and I cried over that for most of that day… the Braveheart image portrayed as the norm for we Celts is true when we are riled, but in our restive state, peace reigns supreme… comes now my emergence as a writer of crime fiction… and all sorts of savagery pokes its head out… …at the last count in my Jack Calder series, I reckon upward of a couple of dozen characters have met their various demises, ghastly and otherwise… as an aside, I am constantly amazed at the ingenuity employed by fellow scribes who continually devise innovative and unique methods to kill off their players… in defence, I will plead that most of the ‘disposals’ in my books are of the bad guys, the criminals, ‘them what deserves it’, Mabel…


…but every now and then, the reality creeps in that sum’times the good guys  also have to slide off this mortal coil… I am not about to provide a ‘spoiler‘ here to give you a name, but one of my main characters along the way met their abrupt end… the choice was driven by a quirk of narrative…

…I think other Authors will understand… I had a surplus of main characters whose names started with the same initial… a novice error of pensWURK, of course… the decision therefore to remedy that, lent force to that character’s ultimate ‘take-out‘… strangely, I felt no twinges of remorse ‘a la vole’... a writer’s business is a writer’s business… things have to happen… and it made an impact on the story and subsequent novels in the series… so, when needs must, Authors… there’s NUTHIN like a good killin’… go for it! see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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12 responses to “…Authors… there’s NUTHIN like a good killin’…

  1. I weep, sometimes, when I’m bumping a goddie off. You’re right about our inner-gentleness. It’s hard to explain why so many Scots write crime fiction, murder and mayhem.

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  2. It’s not just novice writers who use characters’ names that begin with the same letter. I’ve read many a “mainstream” and “literary” bestseller where I keep mixing up Aiden and Allen, or Josh and John and Jeb. Really, it’s the editor’s fault for not catching that. In the first drafts of my book THE RIGHT WRONG MAN, my main character’s (Meredith) best friend was named Mary. Really? Luckily by the 3rd draft Mary became Shannon. So, thankfully, neither of them had to be “bumped off.” 🙂

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  3. Hm… I think it comes with our fiery martial ancestory. It has to have an outlet somewhere, people! And yes – I, too, have more than a drop of Scots blood running through my veins – my maiden name was McRobert…:)

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  4. Reblogged this on Writer's Treasure Chest and commented:
    Let’s hear what Master Seumas Gallacher has to say to a good killing! Thank you for a great blog post, Seumas!

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  5. One of my favorite mystery writers is Agatha Christie. I noticed she made the chosen victim someone you’re not sorry to see go. 🙂 — Suzanne

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