What pieces of you are in your characters?
The characters I write are not so much pieces of me as they either explore things I myself am interested in (and would like to learn about), have a core issue I can relate to or are simply something I can easily mimic. This holds true for canon and original (non-fandom) characters
--she's sarcastic, hard, would rather go it alone than depend on someone else and has grown up with a parent who was rarely ever actually the parent in the relationship. And then there's the alcoholism. I'm an adult child of an alcoholic, I find occasionally exploring Abby's darker side to be cathartic.half_whole_pw
--the mingling of being a person strong in their faith, struggling with the issues of a young, gay conservative in a religious family--even in a religion that is fairly progressive as far as allowing women and gays to be clergy, is not easy. Add in the loss of a sibling (a twin in the character's case)and you can see that under the surface of a cheerful person lurks deeper issues. I relate more to the NPC sister (also canon) that I write alongside Peter. I have dealt with the loss of one older brother and still watch another struggle with what it means to be gay in a conservative family.squirrely_scot
--Sue White is purely gonzo. She defies the laws of reason, physics, simple logic...What can you say to a woman that will only answer your questions in the language of a crow? Feck off! Sue is nothing more than comic relief and something I can easily mimic.makerofhats
--Charlotte is dying. She's also a romantic and lover of the fanciful. Just an excuse to read more Emily Dickinson on my part and play with language and prose when I feel like pulling this one out.
--Pippa. She's a writing experiment and a general mess. The closest thing I have to a Mary Sue. I use her to play with an art form I am fascinated with: Venetian glass blowing. I also get to play with NYC, a place I enjoy being though I don't visit nearly often enough. And music. Anyone that knows me, knows I love music. Pippa is on the outside looking in on the music industry: a fan and a critic. rein_it_in
--Laine is my indulgence for horses. I used to ride semi-competitively in Rodeo events. Barrel Racing. Rough and tumble. She also deals heavily with the loss of an older sibling and a less than stellar relationship with her father. She's no-nonsense and doesn't suffer fools.jansenmaceibhir
--She's been quiet of late but when I do drag her back out, Jansen is the child of two worlds, two cultures. So am I. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what or who you identify yourself as--if you do at all.