Some readers have written to tell me they deeply identify with my depiction of the mental/emotional toll experienced by survivors of abuse, and the gradual and erratic process of recovery. Others write to say they’re tired of the slow progress and they demand to know why Aydan and Hellhound don’t just ‘get over it’.
What do you think? How does this affect the overall story arc and the character arcs throughout the series? Is it realistic? How important is realism in fiction, and how do you define ‘realism’?