We all know there are six elements in writing fiction and often fact. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. I believe the first five lead to the sixth which for me is the plot. What's your take on this?
1. How do you create your characters? Do you have a specific process?
The characters basically create themselves. Sometimes they come from a picture in a magazine, but usually I have a story idea first and they present themselves.
2. Do your characters come before the plot? Do you sketch out your plot or do you let the characters develop the route to the end?
Guess I just answered that above. I never plot out my story. Did that once and was blocked for two years. I'll never do it again. I know the beginning of the story and the end, what happens in the middle is as much a surprise to me as it is to my readers. I do however have character work sheets. Besides, the obvious description, I want to know all about them. Their favorite color, do they like animals, kids, hobbies, what the do for a living. A whole list of things.
3. Do you know how the story will end before you begin? In a general way or a specific one?
Guess I just answered that above also. It's usually a pretty specific ending. Of course, I write romance, so the ending is HEA
4. Do you choose settings you know or do you have books of settings and plans of houses sitting around?
I usually choose settings I know. It's easier for me. I often use fake towns and they're usually a combination of places I know. As far as houses, I just usually use my imagination.
5. Where do you do your research? On line or from books?
Actually, I do both. I have a lot of books about murder - kind of scared hubby with a few of them - and I also do online research.