Extraordinary Fantasy World Brought to Life by Dedicated Inner-City Teacher

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Inspired by his experiences as a teacher and storyteller working with underprivileged students in South Central Los Angeles, author Scott Marcano spins an incredible tale of love, war and courage in his amazing debut novel.

Imaginative, romantic, and magical describe Scott Marcano's debut novel "The People of the Sea" (ISBN 0741427303, Infinity Publishing, 2005). But the story behind the book is almost as inspiring as the courageous tale itself, as the author used not only his own remarkable imagination but inspiration from gifted inner-city students to create a dazzling, otherworldly adventure that is sure to delight readers of all ages.

Marcano first conceived of writing a sensational fantasy novel for teens while working as a substitute teacher in Watts, the tough, gang-infested neighborhood in South Los Angeles. Faced with the awesome challenge of inspiring classes of troubled, restless students, Marcano turned to his natural gifts as a performer and storyteller to connect with his kids. Marcano's storytelling ability was a Godsend to youths handicapped with limited reading skills. He was affectionately named "Mister Diablo" due to his devilish ability to weave terrifying ghost stories. Soon, he found himself drawing dozens of requests a week from schools throughout the district, requesting his special "storytelling" services.

Marcano's innovative teaching methods came full circle when he presented his most gifted students with early drafts of his debut novel. From the start, students were enraptured with his memorable characters and incredible creativity. Using feedback from his young "critics," Marcano crafted his fantastic tale.

"Kids are very honest - especially in the 'hood," Marcano explains, "they really pushed me hard to improve the story. It was an absolute thrill to watch their enthusiasm build as the story took shape." With his students' help, Marcano's book blossomed into a work that has enchanted both kids and adults alike, with some reviewers comparing it to the works of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien.    

The setting of this wondrous saga is an endless ocean where an exiled band of humans have survived for ages by building fantastic floating cities. Driven by an ancient prophecy that has foretold they will someday reach the mythical "Far Shore," the fate of The People hinges on the heroism of Ursa, a beautiful, but shy young girl who's ability to wield magic has been kept secret in a society where women are subservient to men. Aided by her true love, the courageous warrior Tumarak, Ursa must confront an evil wizard, Shezula - an unbelievably horrid half-man/half-beast - in order to guide The People in their epic struggle to reach paradise.

Marcano's goal with "The People of the Sea" was to create a fantasy story that was rich, complex, and imaginative - yet accessible to readers of all ages. He also wanted to write a fantasy novel that addressed his deep concerns for the environment and promote responsible stewardship of the oceans - a timely theme indeed in a world increasingly threatened by Global Warming.    

Scott Marcano was raised on the coast of Southern California. He graduated from New York University in 1988 with a B.F.A and pursued a Master's Degree in film directing at the University of Southern California. Scott has sold several original screenplays to film studios including the environmental comedy classic "Bio-Dome" starring Pauly Shore and Steven Baldwin (MGM). "The People of the Sea" can be purchased at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Baker and Taylor, Ingram or by visiting http://www.peopleofthesea.com for more details. To arrange an interview or find out more about Scott Marcano contact his representative Ronna Montgomery at (323) 572-0994

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