Monday, 6 March 2017

Creating Characters #5 - Mark Conti

Sometimes a character just doesn’t want to follow the role I invent for him. Such was the case with Mark Conti. Originally I pictured him as the American Mafia contact for a Camorra family in Naples. But the more I tried, the more Mark Conti resisted. Yes, he came from a Mafia background, but no, he is emphatically not a part of that world now.

Mark Conti
As Marco Conti, Mark  grows up in the streets of Naples, the youngest son of an important Camorra (Mafia) family. The Capo, the head of the family is his much older brother, Don Alfonso. Don Alfonso see little future for Marco in Naples, so allows his brother to go to the United States and gives him  money with which to build his first hotel. From that one start-up business, over the next thirty years Marco Conti builds one of the largest and most important businesses in the country, with no ties to organised crime. 

His businesses have fingers in everything from hotels to banking to mining. Along the way he changes his first name from Marco to the more American, Mark, and marries a very English woman who initially worked for him as his confidential secretary. He adores his wife and spends as much time as he can with her in the Florida mansion on the beach he built for her. To his great sorrow she dies of cancer at forty-seven.

Now at fifty, wealthy beyond measure and a recent widower, he is drawn by old family ties, back into a world of crime, this time on the other side.


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