Think of a story you’ve read that you keep going back to.
We bet if we asked you, “Why that book?” you’d tell us it’s because of how the book makes you feel.
It’s not that the author forced an emotion on you.
They just guided you in the direction of a particular mood.
Wondering how to describe mood, exactly?
It’s what you feel when you’re reading a story.
And, hopefully, it’s exactly what the author intended.