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At the heart of every single one of my favorite novels is an iconic main character (or two…or five). Nothing helps me settle into a new book like a character I can relate to, which isn’t to say I’m only on the hunt for books with characters who look like me and share my background. Truthfully, I’ve found that the best reads expose you to a world outside your own, while still tapping into some kind of shared human experience.
In my book Puddin’, Millie and Callie find it nearly impossible to relate to one another at first, but it’s only a matter of time before they find they have more in common than either of them expected. And I guess that’s how a good book makes me feel—like I’m stepping into new territory while still finding something familiar to guide me along the way. And for me, that always starts with a relatable main character.
Featured Image: Matt McCarty, Author Photo: Ian Pearce