Interview with contemporary romance author Emelle Gamble

Today’s guest is contemporary romance author Emelle Gamble who is on tour with her novel, Dating
Cary Grant.

Emelle will be
awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and the
Reviews
Tour
. A digital copy of Dating Cary Grant will be awarded to 5 randomly
drawn commenters also during this tour and the Reviews
Tour
.
To be
entered for a chance to win, use the
form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too.  

Bio:

Emelle
Gamble became a writer at an early age. At six years old she was bursting with
the requisite childhood stories of introspection, and this itch to tell tales
evolved into bad teen poetry and tortured short works that, thankfully,  never saw the light of day, or an editor’s
red pen. She took her first stab at writing a novel  in an adult education class in Mobile,  Alabama when her kids were in bed for the
night. As ‘M.L. Gamble,’ she published several romantic suspense novels with
Harlequin Intrigue.
Soul
Mate Publishing has now contracted for 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
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.
Emelle welcomes any reader interested in emailing her at emellegamble@gmail.com  and hopes they will visit her website, or her author Facebook page.
Welcome,
Emelle. Please tell us about your current release.
Dating
Cary Grant
is one of those book
ideas I had for years and just couldn’t shake. I adore old movies, in
particular Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart movies, so the
classic The Philadelphia Story  is heaven for me because it stars all three. I
thought of this film  several times as a
good reflecting point for couples who are having trouble compromising their
individual hopes and dreams once they marry. And then I thought what fun it
would be to actually use this film idea, complete with a ghostly appearance by
a couple of matinee idols, to help my modern heroine, Tracy Connor, deal with
her shaky marriage.
What
inspired you to write this book?
A dear friend. She seemed to be searching for
‘Mr. Perfect’ while I, a wise old married woman for the last thirty something
years, knew there was no such thing. So I thought I’d write a book for her. No,
I won’t tell you her name. 
Excerpt:
            The
vibration went right through the door into her forehead. She yelped and stepped
back, just like the other night, but this time, thankfully, the lock was
engaged.
“Hello?
Sorry if I startled you.”
A
man!
She
was sure from the silhouette it was the same man as the other night. Tracy
stared at the door, immobile with surprise. She cleared her throat and put her
right hand over her heart, as if that would slow the galloping beat.
The
man knocked again. “I don’t want to be a bother, but I’ve come to borrow ice
cubes, if you have them. It’s quite a catastrophe, really, having no ice, so
you can save the day if you have a tray or two to spare.”
His
voice was smart and cultured. He had the accent of an Englishman by birth and
world traveler by experience.
He
chuckled and tapped gently. “Why don’t you come downstairs and have a drink,
for that matter? If you’re decent, of course. Or even if you’re not. Come on.
Shy, are you? Don’t be afraid, I promise I’m a perfect gentleman this time of
night.”
“Yes,
hello,” Tracy surprised herself by replying. “But I’m sorry, I don’t have any
ice cubes. Sorry.” What a pinhead. Apologizing when I have no reason to, like
the woman on the bike pointed out. 
“No
ice cubes? You poor darling You must come downstairs with me. I’ll steal some
for you from the party. Right out of someone’s glass. It might be rude, but,
well, I’m willing to be rude in times of crisis. No girl with a voice as lovely
as yours should be without ice cubes on a Saturday night. What if she fancied a
cocktail?”
Tracy
grinned. “Actually it’s Sunday morning. About three-thirty, as a matter of
fact. And I certainly can’t come out, as I’m dressed for bed, and it’s too
early for me to be drinking a cocktail.”
“Early?
That’s all in the way you look at it, my dear.” The door creaked as the visitor
leaned his weight against it. “To my way of thinking, three-thirty is the very
heart of the evening. Why don’t you join me and my friends? What do you say?”
Tracy
peered through the stained glass but could only make out a vague figure of a
man in a dark suit. But his voice was amazing. If he looked half as hot as he
sounded, then the neighborhood was an even more intriguing one than she had
expected.
Should
I open the door to get a look at this guy? She glanced down at the white tee
shirt and pink socks she’d been sleeping in. The shirt was Mike’s. Suddenly the
image of her husband filled her head. Tracy crossed her arms over her chest.
“Thanks,
but no. Sorry.” She grimaced. Good lord, I am pathetic. “Goodnight.” Her voice
was firm. “I’m going back to sleep now. Have a nice party.”
“All
right. But next time I’ll stay here until you come out and meet me properly,”
the man replied. “I’ll go downstairs like a good boy so you can go back to bed.
Although you don’t sound like you need it, you’ve got a few hours to get your
beauty sleep. Good night, Miss . . .?”
It’s
Mrs.
“Connor,”
she said. “Tracy Connor.”
“Sleep
tight, Tracy Connor.”
She
listened to his footsteps as he walked down the two flights of stairs. She
heard a door open, voices louder than before, then nothing. She pressed her ear
against the wood but outside it was silent.
“The
party must be over.” Tracy collapsed on the sofa, wondering what would have
happened if she’d opened the door.
She
wasn’t sure.
Though
one thing was certain.
That
guy didn’t sound like he’d ever stand a woman up for black flies.                               
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I am doing a reunion story that plays quite a
lot with memory, just what it is we remember, and what we think we remember. Its
working title is KISS ME ONCE AGAIN in homage of that great old classic song by
Jules Styne and Sammy Cahn, It’s Been a
Long, Long Time. 
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I picked up a pencil. Not
kidding. Always want to tell stories to myself and to others.
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do
other than write and how do you find time to write?
I do have a day job. And if I told you about
it, I’d have to kill you. HA! (Sorry, I’ve always wanted to use that line.) So
I find time to write BECAUSE I MUST! That’s only a little bit of an
overstatement. Writers do write because they have to or those stories inside
would burst their heads open. How do I work writing into my life?  I am married to an incredibly unselfish and
caring man who wants me to succeed as much as I want to, so he gives up our
nights and about 16 hours of our weekends so I can sit at my desk. I make it up
to him though. Really. No, I can’t
tell you how for fearing of scarring my children for life. 
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Interesting question. I use red pen on my
critique partners’ chapters. Interesting may not be the word they’d use.
Channeling my inner teacher, I guess. And I use red pen on my stuff too, which
I always print out in hard copy for a final edit.
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A horse (Specifically Fury.). A writer. An archeologist.(National Geo’s issue on King Tut
sent me here.) A writer. An actress! (I grew up in LA, this is required.) An
airline stewardness. (Do not judge me, I liked the uniforms.) A writer. A
mother. A wife. A writer. I got to be
almost everything I ever really wanted to be. Color me blessed.
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I love you. Not kidding. It’s been humbling to
me to get to know readers through blogs like yours, Lisa, and through Facebook
and email. Thanks for reaching out. Special thanks to all of you who leave
reviews. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t like something (well, okay it
matters, but I don’t hold it against you), it is very helpful and kind any time
you make an effort to let us know what you think. So thank you!
Here are some links to my works: 
Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble
Once and Forever by Emelle Gamble and
others (anthology)
Duets by Emelle Gamble
Molly Harper by Emelle Gamble
Molly Harper (paperback) by Emelle
Gamble  
You’re
welcome, Emelle. Thank you for being here today. Happy writing!

21 thoughts on “Interview with contemporary romance author Emelle Gamble

  1. Unknown says:

    Hey Lisa! thanks so much for hosting. I will be sending some folks over here to read about my Mr. Perfect later…I've been so focused on tomorrow being the release date for DATING CARY GRANT I neglected my tour. But no more. Great questions, by the way!!!

  2. Deb says:

    Always wanted to be a nurse, but I went to school to be a medical assistant instead. Great interview.
    Have a Blessed Day.

  3. Unknown says:

    Hey Carla, MomJane and Rita, thanks for coming by! I hope you get a chance to read DATING CARY GRANT. If you do, be sure and let me know what you thought about this girl's journey and how good I was at doing Cary Grant!thanks, as always, for posting and supporting the blog tour. XXX Emelle

  4. Unknown says:

    RW1010…thanks so much for your post! You too Marcy and Cindy. And Cindy, I love that you're a nurse…no more blessed profession than that.

  5. Unknown says:

    Mary Preston! good to see you hear. If you love Cary Grant, you need to read this and tell me if I got him right! And thank you Missy and Anonymous for posting…nice to see you both here. Good luck in the drawing! XXX Emelle

  6. Unknown says:

    Wow Emelle, so glad to seee you have yet another book on tour.You've been a very busy lady! This sounds like quite a read~ what woman wouldn't want to meet a movie star perfect man? I loved your interview and the excerpt is really engaging. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Unknown says:

    Thanks Elise-Maria! Yes, I had a couple of books I didn't give up on, and they were acquired by SoulMate publishing. I have one more finished but not sure what to do with…its a bit of a different read. But I'm working on a new women's romantic ficiton one, too, so hopefull in another 6 months will have yet another new one! HA! You getting sick of me yet? Good luck in the drawing. XXX Emelle

  8. Pamela says:

    When I was little I wanted to be a Mountie when I grew up. My Mom is Canadian, my grandfather told me girls couldn't be policemen. Years later, I wore my Grandfather's tie bar as I was commissioned as an Officer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. I wish he was still alive to share that moment with me….though I felt him there.

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