My relationship with my readers is somewhat theatrical. One of the main things I try to do in my work is delight my readers.
I think of memory as a game, that is as something one engages in with a very profound kind of "playfulness."
When I started, I wanted to be thought of as tortured and seductive, not funny, but humor tends to be a reflexive part of a person's sensibility. It's an almost impossible thing to teach anyone, which leads me to believe that it's intuitive.
I can tell from about 20 yards away when someone has a manuscript for me. I can just tell - they have that look.
I'm in that very preliminary stage of wondering how exactly to "pressurize" the novel in some way I've never considered before.