Really, then, we are not buying books, we are buying outcomes.
Focusing on the fictional aspect, we decide on a police procedural novel to enter the world of crime scene investigation. We want to be a part of the investigation, solving the case alongside the characters. We want to be thrown off by red herrings, be side-swiped by the twists and turns, and by the end we expect that the murderer face justice. We don’t just want the novel coming at us. We want to think as we read and anticipate what might be coming next. We want to solve the case before our beloved characters.
Another expected outcome from a fictional book is that we want to fall into the world the author’s created. We want to find relaxation as our minds drift from our reality to another dimension. We want to live through the characters. As we become absorbed by the story, we expect to find a sense of peace that comes from not adhering to a schedule. If we are unwell or in pain—emotionally or physically—we want the book we’re reading to take our mind off these matters.
As an author, it means a lot to hear from my readers. I love knowing that I’m touching people’s lives. People have told me they’ve found comfort in my books during a time of mourning and loneliness, or that my words made them temporarily forget about their chronic pain. These type of emails reconfirm why I write.
Carolyn Arnold is an award-winning and International bestselling author, a blogger, and is published in IUeMag, a distinguished online magazine dedicated to inspiring people. She is also the proud founder of the Shining Soul site that is geared to healing, motivation, and self-empowerment.
Since she published in 2011, her books have been sold and downloaded over half a million times. Titles in her Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, and McKinley Mystery series have all hit bestselling lists. Her work ranges from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled detective and FBI procedurals.
Born in a small town, Carolyn enjoys returning to her roots and spending time in the country reflecting on life and letting her imagination run wild. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea.
For more information on the author visit www.carolynarnold.net