"Truly a masterpiece on so many levels... It is a beautiful, heartfelt and very complete love story of the "no-no" kind, written magnificently by Mark Fine." ILANA EDELSTEIN Author, "The Patron Way"
"I see Pulitzer Prize material here. Such insight that I've been thinking of the common ground Southerners from the US has shared with South Africans. This (novel) is fantastic, relevant, and an incredible contribution to literature. Mark Fine is brave and brilliant." JEANNE MARY ALLEN Author & Writer
"The Zebra Affaire is a fast-paced, suspenseful tale about the racial divide in the police state of South Africa. It's the kind of page turner that some of us devour hungrily, anxious for the next thrilling bite." CAROL CASSARA Book Recommendations to Warm You
"In the best tradition of historical fiction, Fine has woven the story of several intriguing individuals into the larger fabric of a troubled time. Fine brings his experience of growing up in South Africa to the page with clarity and conviction." BRAD AUERBACH, Entertainment Today
From the Author
With the exception of the two lead characters, the white woman Elsa and her black lover Stanwell, both total products of my imagination, Zebra Affaire is chock-full of my memories from the esoteric flavors and smells of sub-Saharan Africa to the real historical figures (both good and evil).
In a few sentences, describe your book.
Romeo & Juliet meets To Kill a Mockingbird in Out of Africa with a twist of Born Free! That's The Zebra Affaire in almost cinematic terms.
What is your ultimate goal for your readers when writing a story?
My first mission is to entertain, but I also believe in a well-written story that makes the reader think. The best compliment is to be told that my book lingered in the reader's mind long after they finished the final page. The Zebra Affaire does this, but it's truly a fun read.
When you were a child, what did you imagine doing for the rest of your life as a career?
I hoped to be an architect. But I found myself with a career in the music industry. Of course, I'm not complaining--I've worked with terrific talent such as Sheryl Crow, Sting, Bryan Adams, and Boyz II Men. But now I'm content being a published author.
Picking just one person, who in your life has greatly inspired you, and in what way?
The patriarch in my book, known as DGF, is inspired by my father David Fine. It was he who gave me Herman Wouk's The Winds of War to read in my early teens, which went on to shape my interest in writing. My dad also introduced me to legendary adventure novelist, and fellow South African, Wilbur Smith--it left an indelible impression on me. To this day I have Smith's autograph in my office as motivation.