Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

March 2, 2013

Readers Wanted

Filed under: MURRAN — Frank Fiore @ 10:57 AM
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In a couple of months, I will be shopping my new novel around to Black conservative organizations, celebrities, columnists and authors for quotes on the manuscript. I hope to use these quotes to support my submission to publishers.

But first, I want to hear from you.

I hope to have some of my readers, newsletter subscribers, Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections read the story first and give me their impressions, suggestions and comments.

A little on the story.

MURRAN is the story of a young African-American boy named Trey coming of age in the 1980s, and his rite of passage to adulthood. Trey is a member of a ‘crew’ in Brooklyn and is enticed into helping a violent drug gang. He is eventually framed for murder and flees with his high school teacher to his Maasai village in Kenya. There, Trey learns what a true Black African and African culture is, goes through the Maasai warrior’s rite of passage, becomes a young shaman, and returns to America to confront the gang leader that framed him.

This is my first foray into mainstream fiction. MURRAN is not a thriller, action/adventure or SciFi story like those I have written before though it does contain action, drama and adventure.

Two warnings before you agree to read the story.

First, this book deals with drug gangs and teenage crews in 1980 Brooklyn.  The language, scenes and characters are realistic and gritty. Certain characters use profanity and they use the ‘N’ word liberally. Again. I wanted this book to be close to reality as possible. To that effect, I hired a story polisher who had experience with gangs and teenage crews in Brooklyn at that time.

Second, this is, what you may call, a politically incorrect story. The political positions, experience and beliefs taken by certain characters will not sit well with certain quarters in our society. Just as the characters’ pedagogy is real, straightforward and direct–holding back no punches–their opinion on the African-American experience in this country does not agree with the current party line even though the character’s opinions and experiences are based on historical fact.

I’ve done exhaustive research on both the gang culture of the 1980s and the Maasai society over a period of 15 years an–with the input of a noted story polisher of the time–feel what takes place in the story is as close to reality as possible.

So, with these two warnings in mind, if you would like to contribute your suggestions, comments and impressions on the story please email me at frank@frankfiore.com and I will place you on the list of readers.

I would greatly appreciate it.

Thx

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