I have to think that falling in love with a new set of characters (after one has written at least one novel already), must be like having a second child. I can imagine a parent thinking initially, “I love my first child so much, how could I possibly love another person with the same intensity and focus?” And then a second child is born, and somehow, you do love that one every bit as much.
After I finished Kindred I didn’t think I’d ever love a set of characters as much as I loved Seona and Ian, Thomas, Lily, Judith and the rest. Then I started another novel, and along came Willa, Neil, Joseph, a couple of orphaned children, and surprise if I didn’t love them all deeply too.
Now there’s Jesse, Cade, and Tamsen, and I’m falling head over heels for them.
I hope it will always be this way, however many books I write. I want to love these story people passionately, care to the bottom of my soul what happens to them, between each other and between their souls and God’s heart. I want them to be as real and as substantial as my skill right now can make them. And one day I hope to kindle a little of that love in a reader’s heart as well.
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