My characters also take a deep hold of my emotions after spending a great deal of time with me. Even though I think of writing as a career, family takes first priority so I don’t always get to write daily. Because it takes longer for me to finish a book, my characters need to be part of my thought processes even longer. When I wrote the last page of my first inspirational romance, No Greater Loss, at three o’clock in the morning, I remember crying because I hated to say good-bye to Dr. Jennifer Hunter. Bits and pieces of her character were originally based on things that happened in my own life. I haven’t cried when saying good-bye to other characters, but can definitely see why authors like to write series. You become attached to your characters. I’m pleased when readers also fall in love with my heroes and heroines and want me to write future books with them in the story lines. For example, many readers liked the one male character in Whitney in Charge a lot. Whitney happens to have two romantic interests, and she chooses one by the end of the story. Readers think the rejected one needs to find his own true love in the future. I agree! I’d also love to write about Whitney’s two meddling sisters again.
Authors, do you feel a loss when you write the last sentence of your books?
Readers, do you like reading about your favorite characters again in future books?
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