Today, I’d like you to meet Silvia M. Wynter, author of “Prey of Angels”.
A modern-day whodunnit, Prey of Angels is part thriller, part mystery. It spans three continents, and grips the reader with high-quality plotting and writing.
Surprisingly, this is Silvia’s first published novel. But don’t let that fool you. She wrote two books before Prey of Angels – they just weren’t picked up by agents. That didn’t stop her from writing more.
“Between the three books I’ve written, I’ve queried at least two hundred agents. Most don’t respond at all, though a couple were interested in Prey of Angels. My sense has always been that most literary agents/agencies do not see diversity as selling books. One actually told me that.”
Set mainly in Toronto, the story moves between Canada, Africa and North Korea, as it seeks to answer the question: who are the masterminds behind the trafficking of children for the sex trade in North America and the harvesting of human organs?
With decades of experience in Canada’s child welfare field, Silvia writes on this topic with the confidence of one with up-close knowledge.
“I wanted to spotlight the vulnerability of undocumented minors from around the world who can easily be exploited by pimps, criminals, and in this case organ harvesters/sellers. Many undocumented youth go missing and are never found.”
“What difference do you think this book will make to the world?” I ask her. The answer is disheartening:
“None…because these are youth from Third world countries, black, brown, and other racialized minorities who do not normally receive the same attention as their mainstream counterparts.”
Reader reactions to the book, however, have been strongly positive.
“People like the diversity of characters and that it takes place in Toronto. They really like the unexpected twists and turns.”
It’s a great feeling for a newly-published author – to hear that people really like your very first book: “Feels terrific. Response has been better than I expected. Wish I knew how to reach a larger audience.”
The reactions to this book have uplifted her and Silvia is now thinking about the best way to get her other books published.
“I have two ready to be published, but I’m wondering if pursuing traditional publishing is worth one last shot. I’m wondering if literary agents might be more open to considering more BIPOC writers, stories, and artists, given the Black Lives Matter movement and more awareness of White privilege.”
What is she working on now?
“Started a fourth book a year ago but I haven’t been able to get back to it to finish it yet. I’ve been editing like crazy to make sure the other two, ‘Burdened Legacy’ and ‘In the Shadow’ are ready to go once I figure out which route will serve me best.
“This new one is about the relationship between two university students who are forced together by unforseen circumstances but whose political beliefs can get them killed. He’s white and has Far Right connections and leanings – she’s black, military, and a social activist. Together they’re dangerous, and in love.”