Hooking the Reader with Character Development

Susan Furlong

I love to read. I’m also a busy mom, so I don’t have much time, or patience, to invest in a book that doesn’t hook me from the first couple pages. What I’m most drawn to in a book isn’t the setting, or pretty writing, or even the premise of the story. What draws me in and keeps me reading is the main character. So, when I choose a book or a new series to read, I often skim the first two pages to see if the author can introduce me to a character who I want to get to know better. Someone who I’ll care about and will want to travel with for the course of the story. Because isn’t that what a book is? A journey of sorts? And who wants to be stuck on a long trip with a boring travel mate?

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