Savannah, from Stanfield, OR asked:
What do you want readers to learn from your stories?
More than anything, I would like my readers to enjoy a good story. I want readers—depending on the book—to laugh, to cry, to feel the tension, to feel a lot of emotion—to want turn pages because they care about the characters. True, in my historical fiction, I would like readers to learn something about the time and place about which I write. I would like readers to know how extraordinary the Civil War ship The Monitor was (in Iron Thunder), what it was like to be caught up in an eighteenth century military action (The Fighting Ground) or what it was like to be an immigrant in New York City at the end of the 19th century (City of Orphans). But if you don’t care about the people who inhabit those stories, none of that matters. From my point of view—and the way I try to write—is that facts allow me to tell something about the people. The people are not there to share facts. One of the nicest things that anyone ever said about The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was, “An improbable but deeply satisfying story.”