Does our writing evoke that kind of reaction? Our unique voice, style, and the way we view the world around us form an indelible imprint on our readers. The use of the five senses can paint a picture as effectively as an artist.
I recently read a book set in the Regency period (1811-1820). By the time I finished, it took quite a bit of restraint not to talk like the characters. The author planted me in the middle of the action with authentic details, scenes, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures. I'll always associate that time period with the author. By the way, I'll be doing an interview with Linore Burkard on Wednesday.
Have you experimented with using the senses to draw your reader into the story? Are you exploring not only the in-your-face ways of communicating, but also the subtle nuances?
"The Mommy Smell." I could pick my mother out of a crowd blindfolded. If all the identifying marks on your favorite author's book were removed, would you recognize the author by the writing? Interesting thought.