The Interview

Author Interview with Sylvan Clarke

Sylvan Clarke

As a Self defence/Martial arts instructor for the past 30 years, I initially came about the idea for writing a book on ‘Protect You – The Street Smart Way’ after listening to my students concerns about the literature available on self protection. Little did I know that I would then go on to write two more books on self defence ‘Protect You – Understanding Bullying & Aggressive Behaviour’ and ‘Protect You – The Ultimate Self Defence Guide incorporating Communication Management’. I was asked on several occasions where my knowledge came from to write books on self defence, aside from my black belt grades and instructing qualifications I’m a firm believer that to really understand a person you can do worse than to walk a mile or two in their shoes (metaphorically speaking) so I eventually created my fictional based on a true story book series ‘Ten Head – An Eye for Eye’ because the negative consequences of having ‘An Eye for an Eye’ mentality have shown time and time again too far reaching to mention.

Strange how ideas morph into something bigger than you first realised. I look back at my experiences and cherish what they have made me today, so much so that my latest book release ‘Shine Your Light – A Dream Chasers Handbook’ conveys my own personal life coaching concepts on Dream Chasing. In some way it is a celebration of life so far and the many inspirational people we have amongst us each and every day.

Your real name and pen name?

Sylvan Clarke is Sylvan Clarke

‘Fong Tien’ is my interpretation of my ‘Art of Life’ and also the name of my self defence system.

Sylvan Clarke

What is your biggest source of inspiration in life

Underestimated people doing extraordinary things

What hurts you most in this world


If you had to live a day of your life as one of the living or dead personalities, who would it be and why?

Bruce Lee, so I could workout with Dan Inosanto in Kali sticks and free sparring, that would be awesome.

Sylvan Clarke

What is your favorite genre and why?

Thrillers like ‘Luther – The Calling’

What four top most important things you take care of while writing a book?

  • My reason for writing.
  • Staying focussed on the topic I am writing about
  • Keeping to the theme(Scene, mood, direction) of my written works.
  • Maintaining a consistent transition(Flow to the finale) to closure of written works.


Is a high level of imagination important to have as an Author?

Me personally, I think a desire to write about something you are passionate about and following a structured method of getting your thoughts written down or recorded on a dictaphone can help set a good platform from which you can then start to be creative. My imagination was definitely stretched in the creation of ‘Ten Head – An Eye for an Eye’, but it was well worth it to see the finished product.

Ten Head cover

What is the last book you finished reading?

Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge
by Yuri Auerbach


What is the current book you are reading?

Carlsen’s Assault on the Throne


Your favorite book and why?

Luther The Calling

After watching the fantastic Luther TV series,I wanted to know how it all began, I needed to look no further than Luther ‘The Calling’. A truly mesmerising story highlighting to me the stark choices between moral justice and doing whatever needs to be done to find and do what is inexplicably the ‘Right’ justice. I really felt for John Luther as he was taken on a tumultuous journey pitted against the clock to try and catch a more than confident psychopathic serial killer/child abductor. There is a brilliantly riveting build up of suspense filled angst especially with time ticking away and the whole of his region watching his every move under a microscope of distrust and foreboding. I really felt the plot came into its own when Luther’s methods are brought under question whilst he challenges the conventional methods of police detective work as he deals with some very unsavoury criminals. Luther-‘The Calling’ is a true masterpiece in my eyes and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book – Compulsive reading for anyone who loves crime suspense thrillers and a sure fire collector for the die hard fans of the Luther Series

Luther The Calling

Your favorite movies and why?

Oliver – An orphan finding his way through the darkness of the underworld, comes up trumps…gotta love it 🙂


King Kong – He was the most misunderstood being on the planet.


What I prefer?

Sun or Moon? – Moon

Laughter or Smile? – Laughter

Morning or Evening? – Evening

Coffee or Tea? – Tea

Mountain or Sea? – Mountain

Long Drive or Short Drive? – Short Drive

Silence or Conversation? – Silence

State your signature line/ tagline/ best quote

Know your limits, Achieve your limits, Exceed your limits



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Amazon links to other books written by Sylvan:

Shine Your Light – A Dream Chaser’s Handbook

Protect You – The Ultimate Self Defence Guide

Ten Head – An Eye for an Eye


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