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Author spotlight: TM Clark

25 November 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have TM Clark.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Mills & Boon and Silhouette books in general, but a favourite from that time was Sorrel Sunset by Gena Dalton (1983).

What do you write?

I write stories of the heart, set in Africa. Contemporary African novels—they all have a love of the land, and often elements of a love story between people, too, but tend towards the suspense/thriller side of the genre. I mostly write in the third person, but when writing in an animal’s POV, that’s first-person … depending on the story. My novels are standalone books, but some do connect with people (little Easter eggs) appearing in other books. I guess you could call my books my African universe …

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

Characters, then plot. But not always … sometimes there is just an idea that grows.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

I would choose Cry of the Firebird, and cast Kate Beckinsale as Lily Winters and  George Clooney as Quintin.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

Cry of the Firebird. African-set contemporary thriller, South African-born Dr Lily Winters has Alzheimer’s, but she must find out who is tainting the drugs in her South African community and stop them before she can’t remember what it was she was researching, or loses her life trying.

What else are you working on in 2021?

I’ve been shopping a thriller based in Africa to agents in the United States. I’ve begun plotting out a family saga set in South Africa and how the relationship between the maid and her employer is so much more than just a pay cheque. And I’m rewriting the book I lost, Daughters of Africa, which is sequel to Child of Africa.

TM’s latest releases:

You can find more information on TM Clark on her website.

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