That depends on the reader. I’d like readers who struggle with depression to feel less alone and even consider some of the strategies that Penny suggests to her client as ways to cope. I’d like online daters to laugh at the situations they recognize from their own experience and enjoy watching someone else’s struggles because it’s funnier when it’s not you! I want everyone to feel like they’ve had a fun experience in a great city with characters they’d like to meet again.
I think independent publishing will continue to explode. Authors get far higher royalties from self-published books and retain creative control. There are lots of sub-industries to assist with editing, cover art, marketing and the like. I love how authors have taken control back from the traditional publishing industry and are getting their work out to readers without the hurdles we had in the past.
The hardest part is subjecting my characters to pain. In order to write about Penny’s ordeals, I have to feel what she feels, and that can be really hard. From that place of emotional pain, I then have to write how she reacts, not how I do. In other words, I have to immerse myself in her experience and at the same time separate myself enough to see how her reactions are different from mine.