In a way, the characters often do take over.
Every writer has to find their own way into writing.
I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.
New Zealand is the only country I know well enough to write about. It can sometimes lead to complications.
I hope I am not too repetitive. However, coming to terms with death is part of the general human situation.
At this stage I am not involved with young adults as closely as many other writers. My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young.
I had to wait for a long time before I could support myself with writing. However, being a writer is what I have most wanted to be, from the time I was a child.
By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more, I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime, that I had even taken over someone else's life.
When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf, someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected and improved them so that they can be shared.
Writing for young children I find I often use particular jokes with words and exaggerated, funny events, but some of these haunt the more complex stories for older children too.