Claude Nougat


Claude Forthomme, an economist and former United Nations director, is a poet, painter and blogger. Writing under various pen names, notably Claude Nougat and Claude Bonanno (in Italy for her books in Italian), she has produced both non-fiction and fiction, including a children’s book, recipient of several awards in Italy, among them the 1992 Premio Mediterraneo.

Claude is a regular contributor to Publishing Perspectives (articles about publishing in Italy and start-ups) and Impakter (articles about the United Nations, published under the name Claude Forthomme). She is active on social media, in particular on Goodreads where she founded a group to discuss Boomer Lit. Her poetry has been included in "Freeze Frame", an international poetry anthology curated by British poet Oscar Sparrow, published by Gallo Romano Media in 2012.

Claude is married and lives in Italy.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A bloody murder story! Actually blood and gore was ubiquitous in my early work...When I turned 15, I wrote my first novel about a band of thugs in the wilds of Colombia. I've moved on since...
What is your writing process?
Filling notepads with random observations. Overtime, the notes grow and something emerges. It can take up to two years before a fully-formed idea is born. Then I plunge into a first draft, writing at top speed to "catch" in words the film that I see in my mind's eye. After that, at least another year of revision upon revision is required, tough work! Anyone who thinks that writing is easy is vastly mistaken. But I would never want to do anything else, I love it!
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A Hook in the Sky
Book trailer by filmmaker Magda Olchawska, based on the paintings of the author. Robert was a top manager at the United Nations. When he retired, he had to rethink himself. He thought he'd revive his childhood dream of becoming an artist. But his academic paintings appalled his cool, artsy wife...


Crimson Clouds
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 82,470. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Robert is at a crossroads. Just retired from a brilliant career at the UN, he could work as a high-level consultant or pursue his childhood dream of being an artist. He chooses the latter to the dismay of his wife Kay, a lover of Contemporary Art. Kay is horrified by his academic paintings, they fight over Art but what threatens their marriage is a secret she has never revealed...

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