Seth Ferranti’s the Gorilla Convict Writer. In 1993, after spending two years as a top-15 fugitive on the US Marshal’s most wanted list, he was captured and sentenced to 304 months under the federal sentencing guidelines for an LSD kingpin conviction and committed to the custody of the Attorney General. A first-time, non-violent offender, Seth has served 15 years of his 25 year mandatory minimum sentence. His case was widely covered by The Washington Post and Washington Times, and his story was profiled in the pages of Rolling Stone and Don Diva magazines. His current release date is October 2015. Read more about Seth Ferranti or updates on his blog.
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing?
I started writing in prison. I was working in recreation doing a sports newsletter for the intramural leagues. That led to Don Diva Magazine and then I got into books.
Do you have a special routine when you write?
I have no special routine. I just get into what I get into and go full blast.
Tell us more about your last book, and what are you working on now?
Street Legends is doing for the black/Latino gangster what Mario Puzo and Martin Scorsese did for the Italian Mafia. I am bringing the legends from the street to life for anybody who wants to read about them. You heard the rappers rap about them now read their stories. Street Legends Vol. 2 is next.
Who are a few street fiction authors or titles that you have enjoyed reading?
I like Joe Black, Kwame Teague, Eyone Williams, Robert Booker, Wahida Clark and J.M. Benjamin. All their books.
Outside of street fiction, who are few authors that you enjoy?
I read a lot of true crime, prison stuff, Irvine Welsh, John King, fantasy stuff. I’m versatile.
Who’s your favorite character from your books?
I would say Supreme, because I know him. He is real.
What do you say to critics of street fiction? And why should librarians purchase street fiction for their collections?
Street Fiction is big. It’s getting bigger. It’s taking over just like rap music did in the 90s. It’s only a matter of time. The libraries need to get with the program. I’d say to the critics, fuck you, get a real job.