I don’t know how other writers create their characters but I get mine from real life. I’ve used my mother, father, brothers and sisters; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law in my fiction. I’ve used my niece. I’ ve used old girlfriends and army buddies. I’ve used strangers I’ve met, classmates and people in crowds that I’ve seen in the city. And most of all I’ve used myself.
Now this doesn’t mean I don’t make things up. I write fiction. What it does mean is that I don’t make everything up.
It’s easier that way.