When Gabriel Morgan’s sister disappears somewhere in New York’s underground, he’ll do anything to save her. But finding her is only the beginning, because Marcus Slade won’t let her go for less than ten million dollars — earned through Gabriel’s blood.
Slade, one of five ruthless leaders of an organization identified only by a symbol, runs hookers and street fighters, and never gives up what’s his. Including Gabriel’s sister. To win her freedom, Gabriel is forced to undergo a brutal training program with Slade’s top fighters in order to become one of them. He is branded, broken, given a new image, and a new name.
In the ring, Gabriel is known as Angel…and he does not lose. Because the price for losing is his sister’s life.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Thrillers should really keep things moving — more so than other genres. However, though convention seems to suggest otherwise, I feel that strong character development is essential to writing a great thriller. The trick is to blend character development with action, instead of taking “time out” to drop in character-building passages that may be interesting, but don’t move the story forward.
Readers can tell when your characters are alive in you, because it comes out on every page. I want my characters to feel not just real, but hyper-real — larger than life, the kind of people you wouldn’t be able to help noticing if you saw them on the street or in your favorite coffee shop.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
When you’ve finished writing your first book — stop. Don’t look for a publisher or self-publish right away. Write another book… or maybe two or three more books. And these other books should NOT be sequels to the first book. Not if you really want to get it right.
If you’ve got The Most Important Story You’ll Ever Tell, and you make it your very first writing effort, it’s going to suffer. As you hone your craft, you’ll realize that maybe the story was there, but the way you’ve conveyed it through words isn’t effectively getting your vision across. You’ll have to go back to that Important Story and revise it ruthlessly. That takes a lot of time, and it’s really frustrating.
Write a ton. Get objective feedback and actually listen to it. And then write some more. Don’t try to become an overnight sensation — just write until you’ve got enough craft to tell the story to other people the same way you see it.
S.W. Vaughn lives in central New York and writes thrillers. The House Phoenix series started with the last line in Broken Angel and grew from there.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Broken Angel started with a single line of dialogue that eventually became the very last line in the book. Although I’d written two novels before I began this one, I felt truly invested in the writing and the characters for the first time — so much, that it became two books, and then three, and four. I’m finally writing book five, which will finish out the series, and I’m thrilled to have shared the House Phoenix series with so many readers along the way, who kept asking for more.