One of the parts of being a writer that I like most is conversations with readers about my books, especially when they have questions about the characters, or want to know what is going to happen in the next book!
Their comments motivate me as a writer, because I want to keep my readers entertained and coming back for more.
Recently a couple of readers commented about a minor character in The Gate House. It is a character that I have especially enjoyed writing about, and I was happy that other people saw in "Elaine" what I did. It also encourages me to write more about her, and I hope to give her a bigger part in a future book.
Another reader has been questioning me about the future of the romance between Nara and Alex, which begins in The Gate House. No way will I give away my secrets! But I was very pleased that my readers care about my characters. It means that they are real to them as they are real to me.
I think it is important as a writer to pay attention to what my readers ask for and comment on. And their feedback motivates me when I sit down to write.
Readers -- do you ever write to an author with comments or questions?
Writers -- do you listen to your readers' feedback and take it into account when you write?