To be honest, I'd love for them to feel both. "You want them to put the book down??? Are you crazy?" you ask. Yes, I want my reader to be so shaken by what my character is feeling so they feel like they've experienced it with her, so much so that they have to step away to regroup. But I also want them to be so hooked they after taking that emotional break they have no choice but pick it up again to find out how the matter is resolved. If they can do that, then I know I've done my job as an author and created not only a character the reader can relate too, but a story they are now emotionally invested in.
With that said, I'll share a little bit about my character, Ebony Campbell, and where she is in her life when disaster hits.
My genre is Multicultural Romance/Women's Fiction, yet the story is so much more than the romance between people from different races. Its also about about the strength of my heroine when she finds herself in a situation that changes her life and forces her to choose between coming forth with information that will hurt the ones she holds close or deal with it on her own terms. As a sample, I'll share with you a part of chapter 13.
A Heart Not Easily Broken