Most of my characters find their personalities in bits and pieces of people I’ve known throughout my life. They are sometimes the people I wish others could have been in my life.
My characters develop gradually and it usually takes me a while to really get to know them fully. I’ll often go back several times after a book is finished and rework areas that don’t seem right based on the people my characters eventually become.
There’s a lot of me all over my work. My values, my belief systems, who I am as a person. I’ve worked through a lot of my own feelings and issues through my writing. It’s very cathartic.
I develop my characters by writing them. I always have to go back to those beginning chapters and revise because my characters aren’t completely fleshed out at that point, but I find the only way I can really get inside them is to let them tell the story and see the plot emerge through their eyes. I give them a lot of freedom when it comes to taking a story where they want it to go.