Do you ever have trouble finding a character's voice, consistently? Any exercises or strategies you can recommend to find it? (Also, thank you endlessly for the inspiration your books always light in me!)
Well, this is why I base most characters (unless they’re one or two line people) on someone I know, or an actor, or some kind of performer I can refer to. That gives me a place to start. It shows me how they speak, how they move, how they dress. The characters always move away from whoever I base them on, but it gives me somewhere to begin. It’s worked very well for me, and now I’m good enough at it that sometimes all I need is the right picture and the right name and I know who that character is.
But especially for major characters, I usually need somewhere to start.