#2. Usually the good guys, male or female. Their struggles, determination and perseverance. Like in real life, we all struggle to either get by or deal with what life throws us and usually by nature I'm a very positive minded person. I will and can succeed is my motto, only how and how do I make it a win/win situation.
#3. Often I let the situation attract the hero. An event happens and into I pull a person, whether in a picture, usually, or a face I've seen in a movie, or a role played by someone. Sometimes making the reader like this person is the hard part, especially if the hero has issues or some not so desirable qualities.
#4. With heroines, I've usually a face of someone in my head before the story moves forward. However saying that often I just plunk a situation down on paper and pull someone I've seen or have a picture of out of head. Then I spend some time, same with the hero, asking questions of them and usually fill out a page or so of background material. Like what was their childhood like, great loves, career, dislikes, fears etc. That helps a lot for getting inside their head as the novel progresses. Sometimes this also brings up problems, because the character will deal with something in a unexpected way due to the person they are. So if the question that is often asked is "is that character like a real person to me?". I think truthfully most writers and myself will say "Yes." Maybe that's why a lot of writers are more introverted, they've all these people talking to them. Who knows, as I once was told, there is a thin line between crazy and genius. A think a lot of writers, if they are dedicated to the art form, have to walk that edge, hopefully without, as good old Darth once said, "Luke, come join the darkside." LOL.
#5. The bad dudes. I think even the baddest out there has to have some good inside of them, and like I said earlier vice versa for the good guys. My question is what made them the way they are? Some evil people are truly evil, only from their perspective they think they're are doing good works. Again it's walking that thin line between wanting be good and just plain bananas. Most villains are selfish people to the extreme, and some yes are not really evil, they are just the person standing in the way of the good person meeting their goals. Sometimes the baddy is actually nicer than the good guy, those are fun to portray.
#6. My newest release, coming out in a couple of months is, Shuttered Seduction. A romance between a successful, although lonely, career woman, Julia-Rae McNaughton. And Roy Sutter, a hero with a dark past who is out to save his company and seduce the heroine. Only one slight problem. He's falling for her. So in this book the hero and the villain are the same person. She doesn't want to fall in love, he doesn't want to lose his company. I'm not saying any more.
#7. The main book I'm working on is called, "Thudnerbird's Wake," the third in a series about a whacked out Shaman named Charlie and his assistant, Carol a detective. He blackmails himself into becoming a Elder of a prison, only to uncover something far bigger than even he realized. I'd say he's bitten off more than he can chew, except Charlie has been known to eat some pretty weird plants.