I'm a little in love with Dennis Lehane after watching this video where he talks about his new book, The Given Day. It's always interesting to hear writers talk about their work but it's my favourite when they talk about their characters as just showing up in their imagination and walking onto the pages of whatever book they're working on at that particular moment.
It only happened to me once in the draft of the novel that I finished this past spring, but the character who did show up made quite the impression on my friend Randy in my writer's group. I think he had a little crush on her. And I hope he's not mad at me for saying so.