BOSTON — Author Gary Gosgharian, a professor of English literature at Northeastern University, is a prolific writer under the pseudonym Gary Braver. He has released many fiction and non-fiction titles under both names.
His most recent effort, Choose Me, a collaboration with longtime friend and fellow author, Tess Gerritsen, is a New York Times bestseller mystery. (Gerritsen, a physician by training, is the author of the successful Rizzoli and Isles series of detective novels, which have been turned into a long-running TV series on TNT.)
The book (see accompanying review) offers a cautionary tale of forbidden love while being a damned good page turner. It is about a college student in Boston, Taryn Moore, who ends up having an affair with her professor, Jack Dorian, and not too long after initiating the affair, dies under mysterious circumstances. The victim, a brilliant yet troubled young woman, at the time of her death, seemed on the verge of losing everything, including her longtime boyfriend, and thus had decided to pursue her professor as a sort of exercise in confirming her desirability.
“The idea came out of a conversation at a Christmas cocktail party at a bookstore in Needham,” he said, which he and Gerritsen were attending.
“It was the height of the ‘Me Too’ movement. Lots of people were being disgraced — Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose — and then Matt Damon had made a statement that sexual impropriety is on a spectrum from an uninvited kiss to rape and he got badly criticized. Tess and I were talking that it would be interesting to write a novel together that looks at both sides of an illicit relationship,” he said.
Finding the right setting was next.