Victoria Bolton lives in New York. A graduate of the College of Westchester, she works as a computer technician in schools and as a part-time actress. Here a description of her last book entitled « Rude Boy USA »:
Say good-bye to the era of godfathers. The Chimera Group has put a new face on organized crime. Mob boss Bernie Banks and his associates—John, Ben, and Jerome—differ from your ordinary Sicilian and Irish mob families. Two white, two black, they style themselves after the Rude Boy culture made popular in Jamaica.
Operating as an investment shell company supported by illegal activities, the Chimera Group hopes to become as powerful as other crime families and gain respect from the Cosa Nostra. Bernie, a war veteran of Jewish and Greek descent, begins his business in his apartment and grows it into a multimillion-dollar empire. He and his crew resemble a more sophisticated subculture of urban street gangsters with their Ray-Ban sunglasses, loafers, and debonair style. But they want fear and admiration.
Their efforts draw the attention of the rival Ambrosino family, and they face internal strife when one of the associates begins dating a former Playboy Club waitress who wants in on the group. Will they make it to the top, or will they fall?
How many books have you written? If more than one, are any a series… or trilogy?
The Rude Boy USA books are in a trilogy. When I first started typing it, I had no intent on making this into three books but as I got into writing, I discovered that there is a lot to this story that needs to be out there. There may be more with this story in the future. I have a few ideas that I have in mind. One of them is making a prequel to Rude Boy USA but that is still in the idea stages. I also thought about making a spin-off but that will be later on down the line.
Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Keep working despite all of the obstacles that may be in your way. Block out naysayers and focus on your art.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
I write naked sometimes. It was hot this past summer and sitting under an air-conditioner costs money. I wrote all three of these books sitting on top of my bed. It’s comfortable and when I get tired, I can just fall right to sleep.
Tell us about someone or something that just made your day –
The smallest things make my day. Just now I got bonus onion rings in my French fry order. I am happy as hell about that.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –
Book reviews scare the crap out of me. I’d rather not read them because you are not sure if a reader is going to give you praise or rip you to shreds. I’ve had both happen to me. I do however enjoy criticism that is well thought out and insightful. Of course, you can’t pick your critics so on occasion, you may get the guy or girl who just yells “you suck!” and run.