I haven’t read any Nora Roberts books lately, but she said every Nora Roberts novel follows the same pattern, and that her books are very predictable. What she liked about The Deception was that fact that it wasn’t predictable at all. The plot twists kept her attention and kept her turning the pages.
Her kind words meant a lot, and they made me feel validated. I work hard to create realistic, three-dimensional characters, as well as write life-like story lines. As I write, I tune into my character’s minds. I try to see what they’re seeing and to feel what they’re feeling. I’m concerned about the conflicts they’re facing, and how they’re going to resolve them. Therefore, I cannot be preoccupied with having to have the leading lady met the leading man by page ten, or about having my climax occur twenty pages before the novel ends. That kind of rigidness would destroy my creativity and stifle me a storyteller.
Real life isn’t a formula. Life is unpredictable, and so are my contemporary romance novels. I’m glad my readers like my unpredictability.