All types of stimuli generate inspiration and this morning it was the simple question 'Are you ok?'
When we write there is the inevitable sensitivity in human interactions. Whether it be the tough love type such as the relationship between Denozo and Gibbs in NCIS or the more sloppy kind as between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in 'You've got mail' - it exists. In fact it more than exists it actually pervades everything we do and all walks of life and in many forms. So writing stories involves handling emotions.
The question above is so simple and yet can be laced with meaning leading to a myriad of reactions. How many times have people asked you that simple question and you've responded with something like 'I'm fine thanks' when in fact you are from being okay. Patrick A Steele is no different. When I have him interact with colleagues or adversaries it is in the knowledge of the history that has been built up for the man. He is my central character and he isn't perfect.
Steele is not the anti-hero - scruffy, unpleasant someone you love to hate - I wanted him to be different. Let's face it if you came across someone who was trying to be a hero but came across as a toad you'd walk away.
Steele is not squeaky clean - too perfect sucks almost as much as the opposite - he has been a bad boy on one level but the outcome is a drive that pushes the man to clean up some of the world's messes. When I'm writing I consider Steele's background in how he reacts in a variety of situations and, on occasion, reflect back to his history to explain his actions.
So when you create your character consider the options you have with their attendant outcomes - there is a gold mine of opportunities waiting to be unearthed.