Jack Ketchum gave this talk on creating believable characters last year. Unfortunately, the sound is low, so you’ll probably have to crank it up on your computer. The video runs approximately 15 minutes:
Ketchum is the author of eleven novels, including The Lost, The Girl Next Door, Red, and Offspring, all of which have been made into films. His short story “The Box” won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story “Gone” won again in 2000 — and in 2003 he won Stokers for both best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time.