I got the nicest compliment from a woman who told me how much she enjoyed reading The Deception. She compared me to Nora Roberts, which was very kind. Then she told me that unlike Nora Roberts, I don't use formula writing. I'll admit I haven't read that many Nora Roberts books, but she told me that every Nora Roberts novel follows the same pattern, and that her books are very predictable. What she liked about The Deception was that it wasn't predictable at all. The plot twists kept her attention and kept her turning the pages.
Well, what can I say? I strive to create realistic, three-dimensional characters, and I try to write life-like story lines, (albeit somewhat exaggerated.) 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. I simply can't worry about 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 as stifle me a storyteller.
Real life isn't a formula and it isn't predictable. Neither are my novels.