Characters are icebergs: we readers only see the tips, but you, the author, have to know the whole iceberg. Would you take this character home to meet your mother? What would happen if you did? -- Tarl Roger Kudrick on Six Questions For. . .
I read this statement a few weeks ago when Tarl sent me his responses. It's been stuck in my mind since then. I wonder sometimes how well I know my characters. How about you? Do you know everything there is to know about your characters?