"SECRET SISTER is one of those books that leaves you re-thinking everything you once believed... Along with being a very unique and captivating plot, SECRET SISTER offers a shocking turn of the paranormal kind....I cannot recommend SECRET SISTER strongly enough for those of you that enjoy a book that not only touches your heart but has you tingling in anticipation for whatever comes next." Fresh Fiction- Fresh Review
"If you're looking for a typical women's fiction/romance, don't look here... this story has a twist of the paranormal that will have you willingly stretching your belief in order to enjoy the plot. Emelle Gamble has created a story that will tear your heart out." Long and Short Reviews
"The plot line itself is what totally gripped me! Love, faith, hope, second chances and pain make up a wonderful late-night read... As each page was turned, Ms. Gamble added depth to the story and by the time the shocker came.....wham!" B&M Review Gazette
From the Author
I get asked this question quite a bit by readers. "How did you think of that weird plot? Where do you get your ideas? How do you research your plots? Are the love scenes based on your life? "
The last one is my favorite, and I'm sure other authors who write novels with strong romantic plots get that too.
The answers are... "I get my ideas from everything, and I research my plots online, in books, talking to people, living my life, and stealing from others . And yes, all those sexy scenes are exact replicas of my life." HA!
Okay, so most of what I wrote in that paragraph is true. Writers are watchers. We watch those around us, watch people we know and don't know, watch movies and read books and listen to the news all with a little note-taker inside our head saying, "I might use that." This embedded 'secret stenographer' is a reality most of don't talk about much, I think because we worry people will put their guard up, or, in the case of family members, will feel dissed or disrespected if they knew we were taking notes while they were pouring out their heart and soul.
Sometimes I think writers are just wired different. Our observation of others is chronic and impossible to stop. We love it so we can go write our ideas and impressions down, sift through them, change them so WE understand what they mean, stand for or imply, then sculpt it into a whole new story of our own called 'fiction'. I, for one, feel I've solved a lot of my personal issues by sticking my fictional characters with them and then watching, fascinated, to see how they handle it!
As for the unusual plot of Secret Sister, the plot came to me almost completely whole when, during a conversation with my critique group where we were kicking around plot ideas, I said I was sure that, even if every single thing about my appearance changed, my husband (yes, my true love) would recognize the 'me' inside.
Now of course that started a whole discussion about 'what if'. How would a person handle this? How would you negotiate if this impossible, not real, not-going-to-happen event happened to you?
The fascinating aspect of this situation to me was how one would convince those closest to them what had happened. And that led to a whole series of notes being jotted down on how I would accomplish convincing my hubby, who is nicknamed 'Phil-the-fist' (my Marine with a teddy-bear heart), what had happened.
So that's where the idea for Secret Sister came from. From my conviction, very romantic and some would say a little kooky, that true love recognizes its mate, no matter what. I am not ashamed to say I believe in fate, in two people belonging together because they're meant for each other. Phil-the-fist and I are one example. And Cathy and Nick are our stand-ins!