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If someone were writing a story about you, what would your blurb say?
Slow starter. Always had to do it her way. Paid-off with a unique story. And that’s not just commentary about my writing. HA!
Would you tell us a little about your newest release that isn't in the blurb?
THE SECOND MAN is a classic romantic suspense novel, but at its heart it’s a discussion about memory. When my dear mother was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s a decade ago, I had no idea what Alzheimer’s did to a person, other than a vague concept that it damaged your memory. It certainly does that, but I didn’t understand that it destroyed the memory of how to do everything, and how to remember anyone.
In THE SECOND MAN, my heroine, Jill, refers to it as ‘cancer of the personality’. Her mother is suffering as mine did, and I must confess it was somewhat cathartic to deal with this tragedy through a fictional character. My family watched this illness eat away my mom’s memory – all of her memory, not only of her precious love for my dad and her children and friends, but of all the experiences, good and bad, that made her the bubbly, optimistic, funny survivor – that beautiful unique soul she was. My heroine is in the midst of this same experience, and I hope gives readers a little insight as to the toll it takes on everyone who loved a person so afflicted.
Because of my mother’s illness, I got to thinking about love between a man and a woman, and I realized, aside from the chemistry of physical attraction, relationships are completely based on memory – all those little incidents and big dramatic moments when we thrill one another, surprise or disappoint one another by revealing our true selves, those form the foundation of our love for another person. And since I am a deranged thing called a ‘writer’, this insight immediately made me conjure up a story about a woman falling back in love with a man who left her fifteen years ago, and wondering if she could trust her memory about who he was. Or if she would realize that, of course, none of us really are the same people we once were, and none of us are probably the person others remember us to be.
What was your favorite scene to write in this story?
I’m a sucker for a big build-up and the drama of surprise. I loved, loved, loved Jill opening her front door and finding Max on her doorstep. I felt the slap of disbelief and shock, the racing of her heart, the joy, the sexual excitement, followed immediately by doubt, hurt, and anger. It is one of the few scenes I have ever written where the character reacted exactly as I imagine I would. Jill isn’t much like me otherwise, but in how she dealt with that, she’s channeling Emelle. HA!
If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
Never in a million years would I want to, or accept the chance to, change places with anyone. I love my life, warts and all, cannot imagine it without my husband and two children, my glorious gran girls, my dumbass cats, or my struggles and success. I know the question is meant as a fairy-tale ‘what if’ fantasy moment, but I am the superstitious sort, and I never, ever tempt fate with wishing I was someone else. (Okay, maybe I did one time wish I was Angelina Jolie when she first hooked up with Brad Pitt, but you see how that worked out for her! I rest my case.)
Let me hear from you readers, who would you change places with if you could? Remember, you don’t know the inside of anyone’s life, only what you can see from outside.
When her ex-husband, Andrew Denton, knocks on her door and announces he wants to make nice, and, “oh, by the way, one of their class alumni might be a murderer”, Jill’s resolve to avoid the event hardens.
Jill shuts Andrew’s efforts to reconnect down, and tries to put Max out of her mind.
And that’s that, until a second man knocks on her door, and the emotions of a time long ago overtakes her. Max Kallstrom tells Jill she’s the reason he has come to California. He asks her to please let him explain why she hasn’t heard from him for fifteen long years.
She’s willing to listen to what he has to say, but immediately realizes that her memories must guide her through a wrenching and dangerous few days. While her heart remembers a handsome young lover, she and her classmates are all different people now, and the reality of a murdered friend proves she can’t trust everyone.
What’s not so clear is if she should trust anyone . . . especially Max Kallstrom.
Enjoy an Excerpt:
Jill stared at her ex.
Andrew was much the same, auburn hair and icy blue eyes, but somehow completely changed from the man she last saw over a decade ago. He wore an expensive, dark suit, like an attorney, and any appearance of youth was now gone. He was lean and intense, the man behind the eyes more complicated than she remembered.
When they were together, he had worn his hair short around his neck and ears. It was longer now, combed straight back and gelled. There was a scar at his right temple, small and flat, and perfectly round.
“Because I can’t think of a single thing we have to talk about,” she finally replied.
“Grudge holding doesn’t become you.” He set the vase on the ground at his feet. “We should talk some things out.”
“No, we shouldn’t. I’m leaving the past where it belongs. Dead and buried.”
“Okay, so we won’t talk about the past. We’ll focus on going forward and celebrating all we have in common.”
“Which is nothing.” Jill swallowed, her mouth dry.
“Not true. We’re alumni from the same college. The same class. And our reunion is in two weeks.”
Twice in one day she was being forced to travel back and time and think about a man and a broken relationship. Although her short marriage to Andrew, four years after they graduated, was not the same thing as her college romance with Max Kallstrom, two reminders in one day that she wasn’t a very good judge of men’s characters was distressing.
About the Author:
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 lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her hero of thirty years, Philip, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. Like all good villains, the cats claim to have their reasons for misbehaving. Her children are happily launched on their own and are both contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.
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