Yesterday I talked about Nora Roberts and her characters. Today I'm sticking with the theme of characters. Next week I go back to work for the first time in four months. Scary? Yes. I worked the same job for ten years so going into a new job is terrifying. However, I'm excited. I worked with the same personalities for ten years. I didn't get to interact with new people unless you count talking on the phone which to me isn't the same as talking one on one in person. Now I'm going to meet new people, pick up on new quirks and possibly find inspiration for my writing.
When you create characters, do you infuse them with quirks from people you have come across? Or do you make it all up? Have you ever met a person with such a strong personality you knew you had to turn them into a character in one of your WIP's?