We all have issues with characters; how best to introduce them, how to develope them as three dimensional people, and so on. But then there's the time when you've really established your characters, and are in full swing of the story. It's times like these when we really start to love our own creations, however faulty they might be to others. Are there any characters you've created for a story or novel that you're particularly proud of? Subsequently, what do you believe makes your characters particularly strong? In what way are they original? How did you come to strengthen your character from merely an idea, to a fully-fledged member of your story? I'll go first. I'm really proud of the characters I've created for my Children's book, which includes a small community of "zombies" (they're actually people mutated by radiation) that live underground in an abandoned, sectioned-off sewer. My favourite of these is a spritely girl called Cordelia Crow, who was a freedom fighter before she became a "zombie". She's a really bulshy young girl with alot of attitude, but also alot of emotion. I love the way she fights for what she believes in, and doesn't take kindly to pity. However, she tugs my heart strings (and I hope she would tug the reader's!) because she never truly got to become a woman herself, being only about 15 in the story, and unable to grow as a result of her condition. I like to give the impression that she could have been someone truly influential, had she only been given the chance. Also, I think she's a good way of educating 9-12 year olds about politics and campaigning. I've also just introduced a new character called Nina Sarin, who's an indian girl that's moved in next door. I love her because she's wonderful to describe, but also because she provides alot of wisdom for my main character, Jack. She also adds cultural diversity to my otherwise white british kids, and I needed to introduce a girl for fear of turning my boy-filled book into Lord Of The Flies.