The other day I came across a book on Amazon where the initial setup was so much like what I have in mind for the second novel of my romantic-suspense series, it's uncanny. I mean, the relations between the characters, their nationalities, even their professions--- the same, or so little different as to not matter. Scary. I'm trying not to hyperventilate. Calm down, I'm telling myself. My plot will go in a totally different direction. Yes. It will. It really will. Write the book. Don't worry that the fans of this other author (who might potentially like my stuff, too) might think I ripped the characters off from her. Calm yourself. Everything's been done before. There are no wholly original plots. Nobody expects a wholly original plot. Just write the---- AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!