What sort of work do you do?
Where did you grow up?
Is your family close?
What kind of music do you listen to?
How do you feel about the state of my bangs? (This is not a real question I ask, but it's been on my mind a lot lately. Also, I would never ask that on a first date because I would be afraid of the answer, no matter what it was.)
But the best part is turning to my old friend Pinterest as I search for ideas on what my characters look like. We do not judge books by covers, but if I can find the image that clicks, all this stuff that I've imagined might be the answer to my first date question slips into focus. One scene, fully formed characters with their own style, and then...the hard part. How do we get from that first scene to a happily ever after? Yeah, I'm still trying to find the foolproof method to get there. Mostly, I wander around in the wilderness until my editor hacks through and shows me the path. Editors are heroes, people.
I'd love to hear your suggestions on people who should be on my boards, heroines especially. What sort of character are you missing in your reading now? Or what's the type that that draws you in every single time?