My writing gravitates round the characters that I create and build, not just from what I observe around me, but also from what I imagine. One can say that in each novel that I have written so far, whether for children or adults, characters have always been my point of departure in the building of the plot. It is as if these characters take hold of the plot and suggest new situations until the final outcome of the story.
I enjoy observing people around me especially small details about them, and I am always on the look out for little things that strike me. These could be positive or negative traits. All this will come handy when I am about to create a new character. Of course like all other authors, my own experiences do have a great effect on my writings.