‘Hi, Nora, Steven Spielberg on the line!’

Rotribution written by Nora Johnson

I WAS on the phone last night to Steven Spielberg. We were discussing my latest crime thriller, Retribution, which he’s optioned to direct and scheduled for a Hollywood red carpet première in spring 2014. 

We talked about all the usual stuff.  Investors and rights, casting and locations. I said my own production company (‘Nora-Johnson Productions Ltd’) would deal with the investment/ production issues and have sole commercial rights for spin-offs etc.

“The movie’s a sure-fire winner,” Spielberg kept repeating excitedly, “an opportunity for everyone to invest early on and make pots of money.” (To get involved, simply send a cheque to ‘Nora-Johnson Productions Ltd’, address on my website: www.nora-johnson.com).

As for casting, I suggested Kate Winslet to play Alice Myers, the investigative journalist. Brad Pitt to play the police investigator, DI Neil Hunter, and Ryan Gosling the criminal profiler, Dr Jake Leighfield, Alice’s ex-lover.

When Spielberg proposed filming in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, I emphasised the importance of the novel’s setting, an isolated, inward-looking community in the New Forest, Hampshire that refused to move with the times.

But he still preferred Martha’s Vineyard where he’d set his blockbuster Jaws. Those shark’s teeth then suddenly came into painfully sharp focus, waking me up with a start!

Yes, that was just a dream, but the novel is real.

My just-published crime thriller, Retribution – next in the series featuring the journalist, Alice Myers, from Soul Stealer – deals with the puzzling death of her closest childhood friend.

She can’t understand why Ellie suddenly broke contact years ago. Is Alice to blame? In unravelling the mystery of Ellie’s unexpected death – and the subsequent murders together with DI Hunter (with enough red herrings for a Spanish fishing fleet!) – Alice unearths secrets and confronts truths she can hardly believe.                                           

Aah! A lovely dream nonetheless. But if anybody else’s interested in Retribution -The Movie then you know where to find me! Meanwhile, Retribution’savailable in paperback and eBook.

Finally, all profits from the sale of my novels go to Cudeca, which like charities everywhere, needs help. So, if you’ve enjoyed my novels, please help me to help Cudeca by writing a review on Amazon to encourage others to purchase. Every little helps and your review could make all the difference! Thanks so much! (See Book Review.)

Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Retribution’,Soul Stealer’,‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.com) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89; £0.77)and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca                              

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