I realized I am a writer when I started journaling my thoughts regarding stories I thought would be interesting to others. Soon my thoughts turned into outlines and my outlines turned into stories.
What inspires the conception of your main characters?
Our lives are woven with multiple threads of experiences that include others. I can see complete stranger moving along in their day for a few minutes and then they are gone. In those brief moments, I marry a few of what I perceive to be their characteristics to my ideas and develop characters.