My real name is Claude Forthomme, I am Belgian-born. That's the name everyone who's met me at the United Nations knows. After working there 25 years and ending my career as FAO Director for Europe and Central Asia, I decided to try something else. I had always written (and painted - but that's another story) and now I wanted to put to good use my writing talent.
While at work, I had published three books, a non-fiction essay in English (about development aid) and two fiction books in Italian. One of them, a children's book, had won many prizes, in particular the Premio Mediterraneo in 1992, along with famed Brazilian author Jorge Amado and best-selling Italian novelist Alberto Bevilacqua. I was very happy to meet them! Now, with more time on my hands, what I wanted to do was to explore the human condition - with a touch of humor, gravity and, of course, romantic suspense.
I took a good look at the past, and from this, the trilogy "Luna Rising" was born. It explores 900 years of Sicilian History, through the unusual lens of a coming-of-age story. Then I took a good look at the present, and the romance "Crimson Clouds" was born. It recounts a story very similar to mine: a United Nations manager retires and decides to become an artist (just as I did at first - I had some 15 shows between 2004 and 2008). Because of that decision, his marriage unravels (unlike mine, Thank God!)
Looking to the future yielded "Gateway to Forever", the first volume of what I hope will become a trilogy. I wrote this book because, as a social scientist (Columbia U. graduate) I am deeply concerned by the current social trends I have observed in the last decade, such as rising inequality, and the threat of global collapse due to highly probable events like climate change and the 6th Extinction. But this is not a dire look into a dystopian future. It is also a book about love and the power of love to change things.
Crimson Clouds: A Second Life Novel
by Claude Nougat
Life after work is hard, you have to pick up the pieces, figure out what to do next. Robert, who has just retired from a brilliant career at the United Nations, is at a loss. He could work as a high-level consultant but he'd prefer to pursue his childhood dream of becoming an artist. Kay, his wife, twenty years his junior, is a lover of...
Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers; All Women's Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Gateway to Forever: A Novel
by Claude Nougat
200 years from now, the world as we know it is coming to an end. But not for everyone, a select few will get a chance to escape to a distant virgin planet. A second chance for humanity to start over. They will all be chosen from the ultra-rich that form a closed community. And Alice, beautiful, young Alice born on the wrong side of the...
This book is also available in the LUNA RISING FULL SAGA, which contains all 3 volumes in the trilogy. SAVE OVER 40% WITH THE FULL SAGA! Volume 3: The ChatKlub – Tony battles the odds to conquer the woman he loves and defend his start-up from the greed of the Sicilian and Russian Mafia; can he shake off the past and catch the...
Categories: All Fantasy; All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
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