I was talking to my wife earlier tonight about the Penelope book. Basically I explained how writers draw from their experience, embellishing and elaborating what they know. I gave her few examples. Then she asked me about the character Uncle Elmer. Here is brief description of him from the book.
"Uncle Elmer was her father's brother, but they looked nothing alike. While Father stood erect, Uncle Elmer slouched. Father had hair, Uncle Elmer had a few strands combed over a bald pate. Father's face was bold and sharp, Uncle Elmer's mug was soft and squashed."
When she asked me where he came from I couldn't answer. He just came out of my subconscious I guessed, but I kept thinking I'd met him before. Then she said, "He reminds me of my Uncle Bruno." She was right! All this time I had been writing about her uncle and never realized it. Now a quick point: her uncle was not a gangster as was my character, but otherwise I had sized him up pretty good.
Do you have an Uncle Bruno in your story?