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What Jane Austen and I have in common, by AJ Adams, dark romance and crime author

All Screwed Up at Jane Austen and I have a lot in common. I can see you laughing but it’s true. Jane’s heroines have either lost a parent, are separated from their parents, or have parents who are dysfunctional. Just think of Emma Woodhouse’s dad who won’t go out, won’t see people and tries to keep Emma at home too. Anne Elliot’s dad is toxic, Fanny Price’s parents have given her up for adoption and when she meets them there’s a massive disconnect. Even Elizabeth Bennet who loves her dad, acknowledges he pays little attention to his daughters, and her mum who tries hard is not very bright. When your heroine has no parents, she becomes the focus. There’s no support, no guidance. It’s terrific for drama. In All Screwed Up, this month’s discounted novel, Lacey lost her mum when she was little. She loved her dad but he was party animal and that shortened his life. When we meet her, Lacey is an orphan. It’s not all bad, she has a half-sister,
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Monsters, Revenge and the Abyss. AJ Adams talking about Rip, the hero from Dark Hunter

    Nietzsche was interested in morality, particularly in truth, good and evil. The abyss theme is one of his most famous. I'm interested in monsters too, and so I created Rip Marston, a perfect monster. When we meet Rip, he's a day shy of his 18th birthday. Just weeks before, Rip was an actor, just a kid, taking on his first stage role, but on a path to a happy life on the boards - except, a criminal gang killed his family in a robbery. Because of this, Rip is consumed by pain. In chapter one, he stalks and kills Greasy Sykes, just as he stalked and skilled Greasy's mates, because revenge is his only relief. When Rip kills, the pain is replaced by power - aka his monster. Nietzsche believed that unbridled hate, fear or righteousness feeds our inner shadow. So those who are consumed by fighting evil, become evil themselves. I think he's right. So, in this zeta cartel novel, I take the classic setup. Unbridled hate, righteousness and monster slaying dominate