Welcome to another Blog Chain! Agent-mate, awesome chef, and running fool Shannon began this thread by asking:
Imagine this: when you're gone, readers will remember your writing most for just one of these things: your characters, your plots, your settings, or your style. Which one (only one!) would you prefer over the rest? Why?
What a question. Here's the thing: I want to be remembered for touching people. I want to touch people near and far. I want to touch people in far away lands that I'll likely never travel too. I want to touch people of every race and age.
If you haven't guessed yet, I'm fooling. I'm hoping you're laughing and not calling 911. The truth is that before Deathday came out, I got an email from someone who really loved the book. It made them laugh in the middle and cry at the end and they wanted Ollie to come back so that they could spend time with him and Shane and Ronnie again. So I guess when I die, I want people to remember that I made them laugh, that I made them cry, that I made them throw my book across the room and curse me to a long, painful afterlife. I hope to do that through a combination of plot and style and character and setting (which can itself be a character) but I think I do it best through my characters...even though I still have a long way to go.
And just so that Shannon doesn't beat me up for trying to say all four, I'm picking characters. They're the ones your want to hang out with.
Hey! Check out Amanda's awesome answer tomorrow and see that the marvelous Michelle had to say yesterday!
Also, go give a huge congratulations to Christine Fonseca who's book EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS comes out today. You can even check out the first chapter here.