Just wondering what it is exactly that makes a particular author good or bad. I recognise straight away when I read a good/bad author, but I have trouble putting my finger on exactly what it is that makes them that way. For example, Cogito, last week you suggested I read Sue Grafton’s S is for Silence, which I am part way through. She is an excellent author. Her characters are so real, that I feel I’ve met them personally. She describes everything, the scenery, the weather, the house. Every character is physically described as is the car they drive - which would normally be too much. I can’t pin point exactly what it is that makes her writing so good, not the story, the writing. Similarly, I’ve read a lot of Danielle Steele (Groan) where the writing and story lines are not so good. But what is it about her, specifically (and the likes of Stephanie Meyer) that make the writing so bad. At least Meyer had a good story line, Steele is the bold and the beautiful in print. How has she lasted so long, especially when the quality of her writing hasn’t improved over the years? I know there is a market for crappy romance novels, but seriously, if it was that easy everyone would be doing it. What do you think?