The characters I love have such depth. If they are written correctly they come off the page alive and the story seems like real life. JK Rowling, like JRR Tolkien has the ability to create a whole world something that is out of the ordinary. Her back stories alone filled boxes and boxes, which is why her characters are three dimensional. Doing research is always a must as a writer. Becoming so involved with the characters is what brings them to life. I remember reading somewhere that Harry Potter was so real to JK Rowling that she actually thought she saw him on a train.
To have the ability to create such an environment has always been my goal. To invite readers to become part of the story. I do research, and pick people's brains. I swear if Homeland Security ever looked into my internet searches, I'd be put on a watch list. I have researched fire jumping, bomb making, drug addiction, firearms, and spontaneous combustion. I have only written one book that was set in a place I have first hand knowledge of. I've even researched the best surfing spots along the southern California coastline. Which I have come to understand is a very closely guarded secret. But even with all of my research I have to say my writing has a long way to go before people say, "I just can't put it down."
I hope when people read my books they are transported to another place. That what I have written will bring a little bit of joy into their lives, that they can forget about the world for even a little bit. Then I'll consider myself a successful writer.
If you've never read one of my books head to amazon.com and looked up Sharon Lnndis and you will find what makes me happy. So check it out and let me know what you think. Book four update: I'm still working on it. It's going to be so much fun writing it.
Until next week