So no. I don’t have a problem with a formula. Now, stereotypes in fiction are a whole different matter…
It’s the first in a series and, as I’m planning and writing them, each has a different issue at its heart. The second is about revenge; the third deals with modern slavery; and the fourth will look at antiquities smuggling. On all of them, I try to use the characters to reveal the complicated ethics and perspectives on things which we may consider black and white.
If you want to create even half-realistic characters, you have to invest them with at least something of yourself. I don’t mean that my books are in any way semi-autobiographical; they certainly aren’t. But you have to reveal something about the way you think and the way you see things. That makes me feel very exposed. Though of course, in actual fact my friends and family know all that stuff about me anyway!
Buy Jennifer's New Romantic thriller, Blank Space:
When Bronte O'Hara finds an injured man in the kitchen of her flat, the sparks fly. And the police are interested - not in him, but in her anarchist ex-boyfriend. One thing she does know about that mysterious stranger is that he has a lot of enemies - and she has some dangerous friends.
Blank Space by Jennifer Young is available on Amazon and Smashwords