The city of Fury is a mother that eats its young. It is a working class melting-pot found at the end of the line on the Quad-City Express. It is a place with where the predators are equal to the number of those preyed upon.
Living in the city is tough, and growing up there is even harder. Cava, Luc, and Sally each face their own demons trying to make it through their final year of high school. Surrounded by fiends, thieves, prostitutes, and gangs, the crew must find their own path to overcome the temptations and obstacles, and make it through just one more year.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-35
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am fascinated and inspired by street culture and urban scenery. The Furies is an era-defining piece that offers a snapshot the past as I witnessed and remember it. The pivotal moment was when I moved away from my home town as a youngish man and started chopping it up with people from other cities and then countries. People always share stories from their youth as a means to achieve understanding, familiarity, context and even pride. The things that I would recount, which I assumed were completely normal, were seemingly exotic and entertained people. In other cases, there was instant recognition and understanding from people that did share a similar background. They didn't even have to be my stories, but the kinds of things that just happened in my city, word of mouth and gossip. There is a rugged and naked charm nestled in the times before cell phones and internet, when an event or story wasn't subjected to a simple post and then shared globally. Mine was the last generation where the transmission of true, traditional oral storytelling was vital; where the absence of a someone sharing it would spell the end of the tale. I wanted to pen the joint so that my memories and stories wouldn't be swept away and forgotten. For the people that grew up before, after or in a different setting, it offers an introspective look at a foreign world that existed alongside their own. For those that did, it's relatable: the tropes, the influences and the situations that will hopefully call back some memories to a different time, as recent as it was.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Relating to the world as I saw it through my unique eyes and thought back at it through the graduated lenses of my memory, the characters are snowballed versions of cats I knew growing up. There aren't any characters who are based directly on any single person in my life. Every character is a combination of traits that I had pulled from real people. In some cases, there are characters who acquired traits from people in my adulthood, pieced together as a means to luxuriate and enrich the complex nature of their profile. The characters, I should add, did come naturally as I was building the roster, just as they react with a natural cadence to the progress of the story in the pages of the novel. The reason that I used a collage of real people was to dig deeper in to the psyche of the cast and unearth their spirits and individual personalities, so that when they are faced with a decision or choice, they remain true to the fabric from which they are cut. There are characters who are constructed with a looser artistic license, while others are very on the nose. But, it may surprise the readers to know which ones fall where.
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