"Truly a masterpieceon so many levels... It is a beautiful, heartfelt andvery complete love story of the "no-no" kind, written magnificentlyby Mark Fine." ILANA EDELSTEINAuthor, "The Patron Way"
"I see Pulitzer Prize material here. Such insight that I've been thinking of the common ground Southerners from theUS has shared with South Africans. This (novel) is fantastic, relevant, and anincredible contribution to literature. Mark Fine is brave and brilliant." JEANNE MARY ALLENAuthor & Writer
"The Zebra Affaire is a fast-paced, suspenseful tale about theracial divide in the police state of South Africa. It's the kind of page turner that some of usdevour hungrily, anxious for the next thrilling bite." CAROL CASSARABook Recommendations to Warm You
"In thebest tradition of historical fiction, Fine has woven the story of severalintriguing individuals into the larger fabric of a troubled time. Fine brings his experience of growing up in South Africa to the page with clarityand conviction." BRAD AUERBACH, Entertainment Today
From the Author
With the exception of the twolead characters, the white woman Elsa and her black lover Stanwell, both totalproducts of my imagination, Zebra Affaireis chock-full of my memories from the esoteric flavors and smells ofsub-Saharan Africa to the real historical figures (both good and evil).
In a few sentences, describeyour 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 foryour readers when writing a story?
My first mission is to entertain, but I alsobelieve in a well-written story that makes the reader think. The bestcompliment is to be told that my book lingered in the reader's mind long afterthey finished the final page. The Zebra Affaire does this,but it's truly a fun read.
When you were a child, what didyou 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 withterrific talent such as Sheryl Crow, Sting, Bryan Adams, and Boyz II Men. But now I'm content being apublished author.
Picking just one person, who inyour life has greatly inspired you, and in what way?
The patriarch in my book, known as DGF, isinspired by my father David Fine. It was he who gaveme Herman Wouk's The Winds of War toread in my early teens, which went on to shape my interest in writing. My dadalso 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'sautograph in my office as motivation.