Interview with Victoria Bolton
Book one Rude Boy USA introduced you to the core group of the mob family Chimera. Chimera is basically another name for hybrid, which made this group of four top guys. One boss, one underboss and two associates. Everyone else worked under the direction of those four guys. Two were black and two were white. The boss was half Greek and Jewish whose grandparent immigrated to New York. The Underboss is a light-skinned Black man from northern Louisiana who settled in New York and married a white woman (a friend of the boss) when he moved there which was taboo at the time. The third one was a brown skinned black man from Harlem and the fourth one was Italian from Brooklyn who served in Vietnam.
They ran a shell investment company that covered for their real activities which was something that most mob families did at the time. A woman comes into the picture and changes the landscape. She was a waitress (black) at the Playboy Club and she is also a New York native. I chose that because what a lot of people have no idea about Playboy waitresses, was how disciplined you really had to be to work there. There were strict codes and rules you had to follow and some of those attributes were seen as beneficial to Chimera besides her good looks. Of course being there brings another set of issues when romantic relationships form. She was one of a few of color at the New York Club at the time.
Book two, BunnyWine basically was the aftermath of the crackdown on the mob stranglehold in New York City. There was an ambitious prosecutor who was out to put them all away and make an example out of guys that are like the ones in my story, I could not just write three books about mob guys shooting up people and feeding them to the fishes. I wanted to show the real life consequences that many of them faced from being in that life. A lot of the mobster glamour disappeared after the mid-eighties.
Book three, The Tide Is High (Which comes out in September 2016) finishes it off. When gangsters graduate and go into politics. It is said that there isn’t much difference in the political structure as it is in the mob world. Those lines are blurred and the book will focus on that.