I don't start with the characters. I start with the series of events that will provide the conflict and how it can be resolved. Characters are incidental.
Of all the writers I have read, Vladimir Nabokov has made the biggest impression on me because he, despite living through the 1917 February Revolution, forced exile amidst the anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, the two World Wars and quite a lot of controversy, was an author who never gave up.
I was learning book-keeping at the age of 12, but it never stopped me from pursuing literature. Over the years, I grew to love the written word.
I was always taught that book keeping was more relevant than book reading. The only thing worth reading was meant to be a balance sheet.
My life is ruled by four W's: my writing, my work, my wife, and my whisky. Not necessarily in that order.
While I can't walk on water, I can certainly wobble on whisky.