Imagine being a writer who's brave enough to actually take suggestions from her readers.
My friend P.D. Martin (I call her Phillipa), writer of the Sophie Anderson series of books, is conducting a very cool, interactive experiment - you get to influence the plot of her next book.
Check out her Welcome Page, work your way through, and vote!
Phillipa's a wonderful story teller, and you will love (or feel intense loathing for) her characters.
My review of Body Count, the first of (so far) five books in the series:
Man, the first night I was reading it, I was so creeped out I kept checking the balcony before I turned out the light.
There were so many things I loved about this book -- all the little character details that made me feel the characters were real people. And the dynamics of all the meetings were so true to life. And I also really liked the teamwork. You know, like, Krip's a bit on the lazy side, but not really a bad guy, and somehow I could just picture Cousins, and Sam and Sophie and Rivers and Josh -- and Darren Carter.
I just loved it that there wasn't just ONE obvious love interest. I don't think I've ever read a detective-type novel where a women protagonist actually might have some choice -- it's great! Oh, I also thought it was a neat and freaky detail that the killer cleans out all his potential victim's fridge's of past-due items. I also like how Sophie's uncomfortable and embarrassed about her visions and premonitions. She's not all caught up in her own fantastic mysteriousness.
It's a great, creepy story.