Maggie Tideswell On The Handicap of Being Identical Twins #LettersFromtheAuthors
When I started writing The Roxanne’s Ghost Saga, it was a story about identical twin sisters’ love for the same man. Twin studies have held a particular fascination for me ever since I majored in psychology. One can’t look at a set of twins without wondering how being a twin affects them. As identical twins are as alike as a pair of human beings can be, is it safe to assume they experience life in exactly the same way? After all, they originated from the same egg, so must be part of each other and exactly the same as each other.
But that, apparently, isn’t entirely accurate. Identical twins aren’t completely ‘identical’, and there are distinguishing differences between them, for instance, they have different fingerprints. They may not even look very much alike. It’s the DNA which determines if they are identical or not, but not even the DNA are exact replicas.
But what I was more interested in than physical similarities, was the psychological impact of being part of a twin. The bond between identical (monozygotic) twins has to be stronger than between fraternal twins and single siblings, right? That means emotionally they are so in tune with each other that they share emotions. If one is angry or upset, so is the other for no apparent reason. What about falling in love? If one twin is in love, does the other experience the symptoms of being in love, even without an object of love?
It was this connection between twins that became the basis of the Roxanne’s Ghost Saga duology. Roxanne and Millicent were identical in looks, so much so that it was easy for them to fool people, a game they often played growing up. Yet there were personality differences between them. One was more competitive than the other, more adventurous. While one was maternal, the other lacked the instinct almost completely.
But the story explores the event of the girls falling in love with the same man. What would the competition for his love do to their relationship?
The Roxanne’s Ghost Saga is a duology – a series of two books – Goodbye, My Love and PS: I Love You.
PS: I Love You - Roxanne's Ghost Saga Book 2
She found her!
Jess saw Roxanne in one of her visions. Ben was wrong and the odd-ball sisters-in-law, believe it or not, were right—Roxanne wasn’t dead!
But where Jess saw her she could never come home from. She was as good as dead to Ben, because Roxanne couldn’t be his wife again, ever. If only Jess could find a way to make him understand, but he wouldn’t even listen to her.
Amber, Ben’s 4 year old autistic daughter was in trouble. Her development regressed drastically and Jess hoped it wouldn’t be permanent. Trying to take the child away from the influence of her aunts, she found that she couldn’t leave the house. She, and Amber, were trapped at Weltevreden.
Was this what Ethel, the old housekeeper, meant on the day Jess arrived when she told her Jess would never leave again? The sisters wanted to do her in, but she was trapped and at their mercy?
And then Ethel decided that she was living her final day, and that there was one more thing she had to do. Can a person do that? Can you decide when it was time to die? And what was the last thing she had to do? And after she was gone…
Would the sisters’ plan for Ben and Amber finally be revealed?
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Best selling author Maggie Tideswell has a passion for romance. All over the world people are falling in love and she just has to write about it. Ghosts can't seem to leave her alone and she combines things that can't be explained, sweaty bodies in rumpled beds in a way that will make your toes curl and your hair stand on end.
Maggie can't do without perfume, a cup of tea and the internet. She is nearly as passionate about food as she is about creating alpha heroes every woman will fall in love with as she does, every time. And boy, can she cook! The strangest thing is that cats have never played any kind of role in her stories, as she is owned by two of them.