I want people to see my characters as real people. To laugh with them, cry with them, want them to succeed, want them to be happy. There's nothing magnificent about my stories, but the characters are real to me. I care about them. It actually wounds me a little when readers don't like characters they're meant to like, in the same way it'd wound me if someone said they hated a friend. Interestingly, likeability [intentional misspelling] of characters is one of my weak areas. I'll keep trying.