So often when I’ve read a book I’ve really cherished, I’m following the character every step of the way and thinking she’s a lot like me. Characters we can relate to are characters we enjoy. And once we feel personally involved in the story, we’re there.
As an author, I always inject a little of my personality into my characters. When I was in elementary school, I was one of those uncoordinated kids who was the last picked for every kickball game at recess and any group sport in gym class. Who knew I’d one day be a regional level competitive swimmer and relatively competent at a variety of sports?