Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by and agreeing to answer a few few questions so we can get a glimpse of you and your work. What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Finding and sticking to a consistent schedule of writing. I’ve been fairly successful setting aside time in the am (6-7) to do marketing and time in the pm for creative (7-10). But this makes for a long day, and hubby must feel like a widower most of the time…sees me at dinner, then in bed. This is the lot of a writer with a day job, however, and you must accept this at the get-go.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
No, not until they are published. I think that relationship is too touchy and rife with the opportunity for hurt feelings if spouses give you too much criticism, especially on a work in progress. Mine has even gotten blasted for asking innocent questions when I’m discussing my plans for a book, poor guy. So for my money, love and editorial input don’t mix.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes. I’ve been in my current critique group of now dearest friends for over fifteen years. Their input is amazingly helpful, hard to take sometimes, but always honest while being supportive, a tricky thing to accomplish. I highly recommend critique groups for any serious writer…you learn so much, both when you edit others and when your work is critiqued by other professionals.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
That your craft will constantly grow if you pay attention. You read others, you read your own, you hear from readers via email and posted reviews, and you change as a writer. I’ve written for over twenty years professionally and I am astounded at the difference (often improvements) in one aspect or another in my craft. It’s a good thing, as dear Martha Stewart would say. You write…you improve.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
Yes, quite a bit in this new environment of social media. They do not ask me questions as much as offer opinions…I treasure them, even when it’s something caustic like a reviewer who said “this is a boring book”. It makes you take it seriously, if not to heart. One cannot please every reader, but one should listen to them.
What do you think makes a good story?
I think, aside from professionally written (no errors! Hire a proofreader! Spell check isn’t enough…), I feel the most important two ingredients for a book to be a keeper are solid motivations and suspense. I feel a character must act within the realm of realism to make a story worth reading…so an author needs to understand what makes a character feel like they do, and act as they do. I have often referred to this as, “what did you character think about when they got up this morning?” Often times new writers have something major happen to a character, and then the next chapter arrives and the character seems to have no reaction to being assaulted, or meeting the man of their dreams, or falling down some stairs. I always reread the last chapter I wrote before I start a new one. The second requirement – suspense – what is going to happen next? – is key in any type of genre. Even if you pick up a sweet romance, I think you as the reader need to worry a little bit about what’s going to happen at the end. DECEMBER WEDDING’s title tips you that a wedding will take place, but I think you need to read the whole thing before you know who is getting hitched.
New York or LA? Why?
I’ve lived both places. LA is my home, albeit not for the last 30 years. It’s warm. It’s mysterious and a little kooky. It’s full of dreamers and schemers. The perfect place for a girl who tells stories. And it never freaking snows like it does here in the East where I now live. I hate snow. Truly and deeply.
What makes you happy?
ABOUT THE BOOK
by Emelle Gamble
Molly Harper is a movie star who fans think ‘has it all’. Cruz Morales is Molly’s true love, and he hates the media intrusions into their life. Molly and Cruz are going to have a baby. And throw a secret wedding for her brother Harry. What could go wrong? Read DECEMBER WEDDING, the sequel to DUETS and MOLLY HARPER, and find out if there really is a happy ever after for Molly and Cruz.
Molly Harper lay beside Cruz Morales in the darkened bedroom, finally drowsy as the familiar night sounds floated in on the Santa Barbara breezes. She was on her second set of counting backwards from 100 to fall asleep, forty-two, forty-one…
“Will you marry me, Molly?” Cruz asked, his voice husky and close.
“No.” She’d said no to him a hundred times the last year. He told her last Christmas Eve he was going to ask her the last thing every night for a year before he’d give up. Saying no had been easy. Though meaning it was getting a little more difficult.
“You know why not. I love you too much to subject you to a wedding.”
Cruz sighed. “Lame reason, chica. No one I know would think that’s a good reason.”
“They would if they remembered I’m an actress whose life attracts the press like a tub of honey attracts bees. And bees sting. You know what a zoo our wedding would turn out to be.”
“Not if we got married at the courthouse in Taos, or at your home there. People can get hitched the same day they get the license in New Mexico. I checked. We could keep it a secret.”
“A secret? You know that’s impossible. Someone at the courthouse would tell their friend, who would call the newspaper or People Magazine or tweet it to thirty thousand of their closest friends.”
“Are you sure we’re still interesting to other people? I think the gossip about us has cooled down. People seem more interested in royal babies and the Jolie-Pitt clan now.”
“That’s true. There were only two camera crews outside the restaurant where we ate last Friday.” Molly’s brain reran a few snippets of the last two years, all recorded and available on the internet. Cruz struggling to recover from the motorcycle accident that nearly killed him. Her movie star husband leaving her for another woman. Her ex and the other woman having a baby.
All events which were played out on the front page of newspapers and websites around the world.
“Please? I’ll put a ring on it tomorrow if you say yes.”
Molly took a rattling breath. Tonight’s discussion was quite a bit more protracted than the three hundred plus nights before. “No, thank you. I don’t need you to do anything more to prove you love me.”
In the midnight shadows, his generous mouth softened against the hard curves of his face. “I do love you. I’ve always loved you. Every single moment since I met you. Even when we were apart.”
“Did you, Cruz? Did you really even love me then?”
He touched her nose with his finger and cleared his throat, which he always did when he recited a favorite poem.
“i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)”
Molly’s eyes burned. “I melt when you recite love poetry, Professor Cruz. I hope you don’t do in class; all those cute girls will be trying to jump your bones.”
“I only recite for you, chica. I read e.e. cummings when I was recovering in the hospital. He brought you back to me.”
“Oh please,” she whispered. “Let’s not talk about those terrible times.”
“Why? They don’t matter now, they hardly mattered then. Once we got back together, I mean, the past was gone.”
“The past is never gone. It’s on Facebook and Entertainment Tonight.”
“No one looks at those things.”
That made her laugh, as he had hoped it would.
“Right. No one.” Molly embraced him, the sheets silky smooth, while Cruz was warm and hard, and then rolled onto her other side.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Emelle Gamble became a writer at an early age. As ‘M.L. Gamble,’ she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin Intrigue. She is now self-publishing and also working with Soul Mate Publishing who have released two romantic women’s fiction novels, Secret Sister, in July of 2013, and Dating Cary Grant, an April 2014 release.
Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Gamble’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation. Emelle celebrates the adventurous spirit of readers, and hopes each will enjoy the exciting and surprising journeys her characters take.
Emelle welcomes any reader interested in emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org and hopes they will visit her website, www.EmelleGamble.com , her FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/Emelle.Gamble or follow her on Twitter @EmelleGamble.
Emelle will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC plus a digital copy of December Wedding to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter.
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