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Interview with author Wilbur Smith on accomplishments and 'TV deal' (Photos)

On Jan. 31, 2014, this Literary Examiner was honored to interview one of the most famous authors in the world, Wilbur Smith.

Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith, Photo: Wiki
"Vicious Circle" by Wilbur Smith
Novel "Vicious Circle" by Wilbur Smith, Image: Courtesy

There is much to say about this talented award-winning author who resides both in London and South Africa.

Here we will share about a few of Wilbur Smith's accomplishments, including film projects, plus his latest success and upcoming event - a recent "TV deal!"

"Corona Pictures has partnered with Fremantle Media to adapt my Courtney books into a major television series.

The books slated for adaptation include 'Birds of Prey,' 'Blue Horizon' and 'Monsoon.' My first book, 'When the Lion Feeds,' is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of its release this year." - Wilbur Smith

This popular author is ranked one of the top 20 selling authors in the world living today. He has sold an estimated 125 million copies worldwide and written 34 titles. The most recent one was released in October 2013. That novel is called "Vicious Circle."

Have some books been "used" for films?

"Some of my books have been made into films. Back in the 70s, actor Roger Moore starred in two movies at the height of his Bond days, 'Gold' (based on the book 'Gold Mine') and 'Shout at the Devil' with actor Lee Marvin.

Many other Hollywood actors, including Sylvester Stallone who owns the life rights to a film adaptation of 'The Leopard Hunts in Darkness,' have been trying to adapt my books for years. Additionally, Morgan Creek Productions has spent over seven figures to purchase the rights to one of my books.

Producers have been trying to revive 'The Mercenaries,' a 1960s film based on the book, 'Dark of the Sun.'" - Wilbur Smith Wilbur Smith's Milestones and Achievements:

  • Smith is one of the top 20 selling authors living today.
  • Wilbur Smith celebrates 50th anniversary of his first bestseller "When The Lion Feeds."
  • This author has sold an estimated 125 million copies of his books around the world. They have been translated into 26 languages. More than 20 million books have been sold in the U.S.
  • Smith's last four books spent several weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List.

Enjoy video on Wilbur Smith at "An Interview With Wilbur Smith," and more about him at YouTube. Also enjoy above video of him speaking on a book tour in India!

Learn even more about Smith at DailyMail, and fans can follow him on Facebook!

One can arrange interviews with Wilbur Smith by contacting Eric Katzman from The TASC Group at 646-723-4344 or

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