So, my daughter read my novel recently (she's currently reading Jenny Storm's DIXIE DUST RUMORS) and she had a lot of questions. Especially since I left a bunch of things unresolved so I could write a sequel.
While I was driving her home from basketball yesterday, we spent the whole time talking about my characters. She wanted to know why so-and-so did what he did, and how things would change in the next book. She is actually emotionally invested in my characters!
That's the best news a writer can get--especially from their own kid!
And I was making stuff up as she asked me, stuff that isn't necessarily in the book, but background details that make my characters who they are, and motivate them to do what they do. I have an entire notebook filled with backstory on my main villian, and the world my characters exist in.
It's a lot of fun. And it makes it SO much easier to write out the story!
Unfortunately, since I will be on the road for the next two weeks (starting next week) I won't be doing much writing at all.