Some questions I like to ask are:
- What was your scariest moment?
- What was your happiest moment?
- What's the most dangerous thing you've ever done?
- What is your biggest regret?
- Who do you love most in the world?
- What is your most prized possession?
- Do you have a nemesis? Who?
- Who was your first love?
- Where is your favorite place?
- Who or what makes you feel safe?
- Who makes you jealous?
- Who or what makes you feel inadequate?
- What is your theme song?
- What is your signature color?
- What is your favorite season?
- What is your catch-phrase?
- What is your pet peeve?
- List your character's ten favorite things (Example: raindrops on roses, etc.)
Homework: Answer all these questions quickly in your character's voice and point of view. Now go back and choose three answers, and follow-up like you would if you were a reporter doing an interview. Don't let your character get away with easy answers. Dig deep. Ask who, what, when, where, why and how. Whenever your character starts to shy away from answering, press him or her further. Keep asking: "tell me more about that" until you get to the juicy information.
Now I'd like to know: what's the most surprising thing you learned about your character? Feel free to dish in the comments.