In the current novel you are working on . . . How similar is the main character to you (personality or looks wise)? Do they go through similar struggles that you have gone through? And has anyone wrote a main character that's completely opposite of them? I'm just curious because I was reading a book recently where the main character is obviously based large on the author. (She has distinctive curly hair, for instance, and the character is constantly talking about her own distinctive curly hair.) And I also realize I often write main characters who are quiet and a bit socially awkward with an inner strength that nobody expects to be there because that's basically who I am. And I often make them have black hair and pale skin just like I do.