Have you read a novel written by someone you know?
It’s fun. And a little spooky.
As you read, you catch glimpses of the author — mannerisms, habits, preferences, figures of speech— wedged into the lines of text. My sister-in-law insists that when she reads one of my novels, she hears my voice reading it to her.
It's as though a piece of the author's spirit dwells inside every one of his books.