“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) an American author best known for his novel, The Catcher in the Rye (1951),
Have you ever felt like Salinger? My favorite books—even when I re-read them—have me wishing I could call up Stephen King (The Stand) or J.R.R. Tolkein (The Lord of the Rings) and just chat. About the book, certainly, but also about nothing, as you do with only the best friends.
What makes me want to do that? I think it’s that the authors have put so much of themselves into their work. After spending that much time with them, I feel I know them—even though I don’t. That’s what we should aim for, though, as authors—to leave our readers with that emotion.