Sheilah Graham, below.
Sally Koslow on The Leonard Lopate show (above) and Fox & Friends (below).
Sally Koslow on HuffPost Live (above).
Please key the brass band. I’ve sold my fifth novel!
Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly: “Another Side of Paradise, about the little-known, tumultuous romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham, one of early Hollywood's most powerful gossip columnists hiding painful secrets of her own, who inspired his return to writing and his final novel, and was by his side when he suddenly died on her living room floor.”
True confession: I’ve long wanted to write a biographical novel, but it took a while to hit on the perfect subjects. Think of it as choosing roommates with whom you’re going to share a small apartment—your brain—for years. I’d read tidbits about Sheilah Graham, but had to go deeper to learn how intriguing she was: creative, shrewd, generous, with grit and wit. By the way, my devotion to Sheilah makes me no less a fan of Zelda Fitzgerald. FSF fell for only a few women in his life, all dynamic and beautiful. I also admit that during the writing process I fell in love with Scott. How could I not? Beyond being one of the world’s finest writers, when he wasn’t dead drunk, he was one of the world’s best boyfriends, at least for an English major.
In writing this novel I did extensive research, which included studying the considerable, contradictory paper trail left by both Sheilah and Scott. As a writer of fiction, I balance fact with the freedom to allow the characters based on real people—almost everyone—to spring from the attic of history, speaking and thinking as I imagine them.
After my editor, Sara Nelson from Harper, read the manuscript she told me she felt it was beshert for us to work together—invoking the Yiddish word for “destined.” I feel the same way. It will be a joy to bring this novel to the world with her and I can’t wait for you to read it next year.
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