Why would a multi-platinum, multimillion-dollar earning recording artist devolve into what any critical analysis would describe as being an unrepentant dope fiend? Certainly there are challenges unseen by an admiring public which most successful artists have to deal with constantly, almost 24-hours a day. Yet there are hundreds, thousands of artists who shun the use of ...
Why would a multi-platinum, multimillion-dollar earning recording artist devolve into what any critical analysis would describe as being an unrepentant dope fiend? Certainly there are challenges unseen by an admiring public which most successful artists have to deal with constantly, almost 24-hours a day. Yet there are hundreds, thousands of artists who shun the use of illegal substances, and even those who avoid even consumption of alcohol.
Sirena Lavesque, known around the world simply as Siren, was not one of them.
At 25 years of age, Siren was a megastar, selling millions of records and packing huge arenas for shows which sold out within minutes of being announced. Yet Siren had a problem which was not unknown to many around her and was, indeed, often whispered about among her legions of fans. She'd been consuming cocaine in considerable volumes over the past three years, and only a near death experience forced her to correct course and reassume the celebrity mantle it seemed she was born to bear.
Eventually, Siren, as Mrs. Sirena Lavesque-Shorter, heads her own record label, production company, and expansive entertainment empire. Still, the traumas of some of her artists, particularly her husband, steels the woman into become a cold, sometimes ruthless, music mogul.
Following a hotly-contested divorce and familial battle over ownership of the myriad corporate entities they jointly founded, Siren is pursued by the wealthy heir to a historic alcoholic spirits concern, who views the celebrated music mogul as yet another trophy in his drive to collect the finest artifacts, and people, on his personal quest to expand his ego-driven notoriety. In time, the two marry. But the compacting of two self-centered, driving personalities finds the couple in a deadline-driven battle to see which one can acquire more of the others vast possessions. When Siren's own daughter verges on becoming a superstar recording artist, the mother really begins to show her ruthless, cut-throat fangs.
Ronald R. Hanna was born in Washington, D.C. He attended public schools in the Southeast section of the city and entered military service in 1971. Honorably discharged two years later, he used the GI Bill to attend what was then Federal City College and is now part of the University of the District of Columbia. Having no idea what to major in, but having discovered a yen to write as a military police often working twelve-hour night shifts, he viewed with interest the college newspaper, The Free Voice, which did not confine itself to college events but instead addressed topical issues within the District community, the nation and, indeed, the world. Having always been an avid reader, 'The Voice' immediately stimulated his interest. He found the newspaper office in a nondescript office building across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown Washington, volunteered to distribute the paper while studying the possibilities of majoring in journalism.
In time he became distribution manager and took occasional pictures for the paper, eventually becoming photo editor while focusing his educational pursuits in the Federal City College Department of Communicative and Performing Arts. He began writing news, refined his skills under the tutelage of advanced students and the department's faculty. News editor then, editor-in-chief, Ron quickly began to spread the Voice far and wide, took on an internship with the Washington Informer, a city tabloid , began a column on his Anacostia neighborhood for the Washington Afro-American newspaper, interned at nights for NBC-TV's Washington affiliate, WRC-TV. Became a full-time writer for the Afro-American.
Through his reporting for the Afro, Ron gained valued and wide-ranging experiences, interviewing, among many, Bill Cosby, photographing, among many, Stevie Wonder, Dick Gregory, Melba Moore, Jesse Jackson. But something continually plagued the young and quite promising writer: Back across the bridge, in Anacostia, as in so many communities, drugs and their related violence were causing havoc on many of his friends. The loss of a younger sister to this violence near shattered him. The paralysis of another younger sister in a city shooting quieted his pen and deposited him in attitudinal disarray which was itself near fatal. After a near death experience himself, he began writing again with gusto. This is his 13th novel.