It's been nine months since the last Peyton Brooks, FBI was published. I love writing Peyton's adventures, but sometimes I need to take a break and write something a little less violent. However, whenever I come back to Peyton, it's like I've come back to a close friend I haven't seen in a while.
The characters are so real to me, I can slip into writing their personalities with little effort. And although the plot is usually a bit more complicated than, say, the cozy mystery series, Peyton and her crazy group of friends are always fun to visit again after an absence.
The same thing that makes Peyton's adventures so much fun to write, the characters, are what I look for when I read for pleasure myself. I want a good plot, but more importantly, I want to care about the characters, I want to believe they exist somewhere in the universe, and I want to be part of their lives for at least the length of a novel.
To me, if a writer makes you feel for the characters, then that writer has done his/her job. I hope my readers feel like Peyton could be a friend. When all is said and done, there is no better compliment than that.