We just had the 10th meeting of our #UYCBookclub! It’s crazy to think that at our first meeting it was just 2 of us throwing back white wine spritzers and discussing books + life, and now our little book club has 155 members! Meetings are capped at a more reasonable number, but it’s exciting that so many women share a passion for books that take place in our beloved NYC!
This month’s read was The Blue Journal by LT Graham (a pen name while he/she keeps his/her real identity under wraps…fascinating!). The storyline goes like so:
When Elizabeth Knoebel is found dead of a gunshot wound, the investigation is turned over to Lieutenant Anthony Walker. Formerly a New York City cop, Walker is a man with his own issues, who now serves on the police force of an affluent community in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He lives among the privileged gentry, where he understands that appearances are often far removed from reality.
As Walker untangles the steamy secrets of Elizabeth’s memoir, the threads begin to converge on her psychotherapist. He becomes convinced that Elizabeth’s killer is another of Randi Conway’s patients. But which one?
It’s truly one of those suspense books that keeps you on the edge of your seat because everyone, it seems, has motive to kill! Throw it in your beach bag this summer for hours of entertainment.
I was delighted to chat with Graham to get some behind-the-scenes info on what it’s like to be a ghost writer in The Big Apple/New England!
1. How does ghost-writing differ from writing under your real name?
Writing under a pen name did not affect the process of creating the story, the real difference only arose when the novel was completed and it was time to bring it to market. This is the first time I have used a pseudonym, so it has been a new and interesting process—a little like the Wizard of Oz hiding behind the curtain, and a bit uncomfortable as a result. However, I really liked these characters, particularly Anthony Walker and Randi Conway, and would like to use them in another tale. We shall see if L. T. Graham rides again.
2. As a blogger, I’m always curious about other writer’s schedules. What does a typical work day look like for you?
I typically write early in the morning, and feel that three hours is the optimum time for creating new work. There are always the inevitable rewrites, which I do at other times of the day and night, but the new work is best done early, before distractions intrude and while my energy level is high.
3. The Blue Journal takes place in CT and NYC. How did living in these places influence your writing?
I have lived in NYC and CT my entire life, so I suppose the metropolitan area has shaped who I am in many ways. As anyone who has ever been to New York City knows, it is a unique place with a singular energy, and the influences are inevitable. The pacing and the attitudes truly define the area and the people who live here.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Graham! We are very much anticipating the next novel!
p.s. join us in july as we delve into a classic, The Great Gatsby!