I'm fond of my werecats, if only because I have four real-world felines staring at me as I type.
My stories include realistic fiction and fantasy.
Big picture, it's amazing to create characters and see them brought to life in the art. And to love that art. But I especially enjoy writing a character with heightened powers that aren't especially useful to him.
Children and teens take in stories to the deepest imaginable level. What we put on the page can change the people they'll become and the course of their lives.
For me, it's been a treat to interact with authors who were publishing when I was a young reader. Judy Blume once gave me a pep talk at a writing conference. I had a short story featured in the same anthology as Beverly Cleary. Magic.