Have you ever thought any of your books would make great movies?
Absolutely. Readers have consistently commented on my cinematic writing style, that draws them into the action and makes them part of what’s happening. And I’ve been a screenwriter, so maybe that explains it. My first book CONTACT was made into an award-winning BBCTV film. I have written a screenplay of Dry Tortugas which is a drama about a father-daughter relationship and which has garnered some recent interest. But I think I’ve had the most feedback on my Thomas Gunn thriller series. Reviewers of both The Orange Moon Affair and The Jonas Trust Deception have commented on what a great film series they would make, and compared them to the Jason Bourne films, to James Bond and other similar popular thrillers, while also commenting on their uniqueness, so I am definitely interested in pursuing having them produced.
Why do you think it’s important that people read books?
For me, reading was always a way of expanding my understanding of the world, myself and others and therefore expanding who I could be, what I could do, and what I could envisage. It moved the boundaries of my universe and I think that’s still a major role of any work of fiction or non-fiction today. I think reading was on a downhill slope till the advent of digital books – now books are more accessible and a greater variety are available than ever before. Reading has been reinvigorated, as has writing, and I think our society will be better for it.
What scares you the most?
Being unable to write anymore. Losing that ability would be like losing my life.
What makes you happiest?
Just about everything. Waking up in the morning is a big plus when you’ve had to be resuscitated in the past. I don’t ever want to take my life, my family, or my friends for granted – and the smiles on the faces of my grandchildren when I tell a joke is an immeasurable joy.
If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would that be and why?
Albert Einstein. He was brilliant, loved boats and was a creative thinker who wasn’t constrained by what was considered to be acceptable or thought to be true. I’d love to see the Universe through his eyes.
The Jonas Trust Deception, another Thomas Gunn thriller by bestselling author AFN Clarke, follows The Orange Moon Affair, a “hard to put down”, “5-star novel by a 5-star author”. Thomas (ex-Special Forces) goes on high alert after a desperate message from his journalist friend, Morgan. She’s in danger. But where? And why? Rushing to her ranch he finds it being torn apart by a highly-trained female assassin of East European descent, with a mysterious butterfly tattoo on her neck. An image that sends his mind reeling. Dread seeping into his soul.
In her ongoing investigations, Morgan may have uncovered something even more explosive and far-reaching than the Orange Moon conspiracy. If so, her enemies will want both her and her information destroyed. Racing to follow tangled leads, Thomas and his girlfriend Julie are thrust into the deadly path of Mexican drug cartels, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous financial brokers like Jonas T Purdue, the FBI, the UK intelligence services and their arch nemesis Marika Keskküla. What deception binds these unlikely “players” together? What’s their power struggle really about? And even more personally disturbing, why the constant links back to a secret mission in Afghanistan, that Thomas has tried so hard to forget?
Outraged by the feeling of constantly being “played”, Thomas decides to turn the tables on the faceless “puppeteers” by taking an action so bold, so dangerous, and so unexpected, that even his team fear he’s lost his mind. Has he? Or can he expose the “vermin” at the top and finally eliminate them forever?
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Genre – Thriller
Rating – PG-13