Today I had the pleasure of a leisurely lunch in Dubai with the indomitable Seumas Gallacher, legendary Scottish blogger and writer of best-selling action thrillers 'The Violin Man's Legacy' and 'Vengeance Wears Black'. As well as being a phenomenal wielder of the virtual pen, Seumas is a tireless and generous supporter of fellow writers***. Mr Gallacher's wife is currently out of town, so I figured the poor beggar was probably in need of a decent meal - the ladies among you will be only too aware of what pathetic creatures we men are when left to our own devices.
For a guy from North of the Border, Seumas has a surprisingly high IQ and was able to wax lyrical on the whole social networking scene. We found we share a common philosophy: DON'T SPEND YOUR TIME ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK ETC TRYING TO SELL YOUR BOOKS; SPEND YOUR TIME INTERACTING AND MAKING FRIENDS.
Being the opinionated curmudgeons that we are, we took the opportunity over dessert to put the world to rights. I shan't bore you all with the details, but suffice to say that we will be contacting the world leaders over the next couple of weeks with instructions on how to sort things out. Provided they do as they are told, we should see an end to world poverty, all wars and a resolution to the Euro crisis by the end of April. Total nuclear disarmament should be in place by the autumn and global warming will have stopped by Christmas. This will leave us with ample time to do some writing thereafter, just as soon as we have the Nobel Prize Nomination behind us. Our next joint project will be the invention of a Time Travelling Machine which we hope to make commercially available to everyone for about the price of an iPad by this time next year. Watch this space.
Meantime, you might want to take a look at Seumas' website/blog http://seumasgallacher.com/ and catch up with him on Twitter @seumasgallacher
A couple of months back I reviewed Seumas' 'Vengeance Wears Black' on this blog. You can take a look at the review by clicking HERE
***Seumas made me write this sentence, by the way.