Here is an excerpt from an e-mail that I received Friday from my publisher: "I think you’ve captured Josh’s character, and Daniel remains elusive." These are my two MC's in the first book of a YA series. A little about my publisher first: Great guy. Forty years in the publishing business and owns his own publishing house. Never has published within the YA genre. Now a little background and to my question: Daniel is Josh's mentor and a spiritual behemoth wrapped up in a bohemian cloak. He instructs Josh in the martial arts paying equal attention to his psychological and spiritual conditioning as well. In part two of the book, Josh and Daniel are transported to another plane of existence where they stay with some friends of Daniel's and have, what I sincerely hope are, wonderful adventures. I had hoped to explain more of Daniel's character and give more back story in future books. While I certainly did not take my story from The Karate Kid (despite one of the main character's being named 'Daniel'), I'm reminded of this movie and how more and more of Mr. Miyagi's story and character was developed as the second, third and fourth movie came out. Is it necessarily wrong to leave some mystery on the table? I suddenly thought of the Harry Potter books and how more and more of the characters were revealed as the series continued - or even the Narnia series. It seems almost pandering and insulting to the audience to lay everything out at once. Now, that said, I am not so arrogant that I think I know all on this. The doubts and opinion that I hold on this are just that...nothing that I feel married to, but am trying to understand it better. Lastly, at the end of his e-mail to me, the publisher acknowledged his uncertainty regarding his comments, stating that as it was an unknown genre for him, that he may very well be wrong. Any thoughts or insight appreciated.