Linda Dominique Grosvenor

Linda Dominique Grosvenor
Like Boogie On Tuesday

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
May 2002

1. Who is Linda Dominique Grosvenor?

Linda Dominique Grosvenor is many things, an author, poet, journalist, songwriter and most recently geering up to be a filmmaker, not to mention wife, mother, mentor and a host of other hats I juggle.

2. How long have you been writing?

I've been writing since my teens. I started writing poetry as a way to just get my thoughts out of my head and down on paper. I still write for the same reason. I absolutely love the process. It's relaxing.

3. What inspired you to write "Like Boogie On Tuesday"?

I know so many "grown" people with issues that they don't realize stem from their upbringing. We see how our parents are with people and family members and we grow up and continue that cycle without realizing it. Our upbringing definitely has an effect on the way we are, be it good, bad or indifferent.

4. How did you come about the title "Like Boogie On Tuesday"?

I'm originally from the Boogie Down Bronx, the book takes place in New York and one of the characters in the book was knicknamed Boogie. Tuesday was just a common day of the week that relates to the various characters in the story. Many people think there is a hidden meaning in the title but it isn't.

5. How did you come about Rochelle's and Tim's characters?

I wanted a brother a sister to share something. The loss of a parent did that adequately. The sister wanted her brother to be blessed and have a good life despite the fact that they lost their parents. I love the way she stays on him about his life. We help those we love, we don't watch them falling into a ditch and then just cover them over with dirt.

6. How did you come about Troi, Nina and Vaughn's characters?

All of the characters were drawn from character sketches. I devised what I needed each character to portray and followed up with attributes to define that. Troi and Nina were sisters but I really needed them to be complete opposites. Vaughn's character was hidden and not as vocal because he had a secret that he was hiding and sometimes we become experts at hiding.

7. How did you come about Tracie's character?

I've known some Tracie's so it was real for me and I believe that there are people who set out to destroy marriages.

8. How did you come about the court scene?

People don't always know that you can get arrested and jailed for just about anything. Without giving away key points to the book I wanted to create a dramatic situation of someone who habitually and negligently afflicted people who had no choice in the matter.

9. Do any of the characters have your personality?

I'd say that I'm private like Nina and very spiritual like Troi. That's about where the similarities end.

10. Will there be a sequel to "Like Boogie On Tuesday"?

Definitely, and another sequel after that. Fever will hit bookstore shelves in 2003 and the final segment in the saga currently doesn' t have a release date. It should be lots of fun to follow up with characters that my readers say that they know so well.

11. What type of atmosphere do you require to write?

Quiet. I only use music when I'm writing a love scene. As long as I have plenty of pens and have access to my scraps of paper I'm ready to roll.

12. What message would you like your readers to receive from reading "Like Boogie On Tuesday"?

I want readers to know that the way they are raised does have an affect and can determine what kind of person they are or will become. I encourage everyone to read Like Boogie On Tuesday. It's kid friendly so their young daughters can read it as well.