One of our quilt night guilty pleasures was watching The Sopranos, so I can relate…
Balancing the Mafia
I like the mafia. And by like, I mean, love. I remember watching old gangster movies with my brothers growing up and thinking that—for all their vice and corruption—they were fun. They didn’t live like the rest of us, which fascinated me.
It was a natural progression to move into writing about the mafia. (Although. Fun fact: mafia is never used in the Black Collar Syndicate series) Writing about the Morgan family, with all that it entailed, was fun. And it was challenging. Because they are different. They look at the world through a different lens. Emma and Seth—hell, even Caleb—have a coke habit. They don’t apologize for that, or for shooting someone in cold blood. That’s who they are, the world they are born too. Its vicious and cruel, and different from the one we know.
Balancing that—the crime and the drugs, the luxury and celebrity status they enjoy—with a story that is, at its heart, a family drama, was also a unique and difficult challenge. It’s who they are, and influences every choice they make. Even the relationship between Seth and Emma, the closeness they share, is because they are allies. But to counter that, was the abiding love. Because at the end of the day, it’s a story about brothers, and cousins, nephews and uncles, mothers and daughters. It’s a story about family and how being a criminal syndicate impacts a family.
AN Latro loves good wine and the ocean, and prefers to write with both. She has a passion for bad boys in books, and stories that make you feel. She can most often be found along the Florida coast.
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BLACK COLLAR EMPIRE
by AN Latro
After two years away, Seth Morgan has returned to New York, desperate to honor his father’s dying wish for a unified family. But the heir’s welcome is sadly lacking: his family’s criminal empire is divided, the woman he loves hates him, and his brother Caleb has become a cold stranger.
When a brotherly spat becomes a vicious misunderstanding that ends with Caleb dead, Seth is left reeling, and unsure who to trust.
Emma Morgan grew up while her closest cousin was away. She’s been sheltered her entire life from the realities of their family—something Seth has every intention of changing upon his return.
But not everyone in the syndicate is happy to have Seth home, and there are secrets surrounding Caleb’s murder. The deeper Seth and Emma dig, the clearer it becomes that not everyone shares their dream for the Morgan Syndicate, and not everyone wants the heir to ascend.
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BLACK COLLAR BEGINNINGS: NEW YORK
Caleb Morgan is the black sheep of the family. Two years of his brother’s absence has left him cold and alone—except for Emma, the youngest Morgan. Because with Seth gone, there is no one else to teach—or protect—their innocent cousin.
But teaching isn’t always pretty—not in family who peddles in crime.
Alone in Cuba, Seth Morgan isn’t mafia royalty—he’s a thug with a gun, and everything to prove. When the shadowy kingpin behind the Cuban syndicate finally takes notice, nothing in Seth’s world will ever be the same.
Before the Empire, there was exile. A novella, set just before Black Collar Empire.