Every author has a particular style, or voice, and it can make or break an author’s popularity. Someone might write killer plotlines and characters, but if their style isn’t appealing, it won’t matter. I know there are several authors out there that, at first, I liked their story but didn’t like their style. Fortunately, at least in one case, it really grew on me and now I gobble up anything she releases.
I used to worry about my “voice.” I used to worry that people wouldn’t like it, or that it was too generic, or not generic enough…and any number of other things. But I don’t anymore.
I write like I talk. It’s who and how I am. Okay, actually I use more made up words in real life than I do in my fiction, but for the most part, it’s how I speak. I’m not ashamed of that, or worried anymore, because it’s true to who I am and how I think. That’s really the piece of me that’s in everything I write.
What about you? How does an author’s “voice” effect your enjoyment of the story?