Chimamanda Adichie is excellent in creating characters For her novels.
From Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah each having a realistic and almost real characters.
In a recent interview with Elle India, Chimamanda reveals how she creates her characters and how it affects her.
About how she creates her characters,
“Characters are sometimes based on real people, and sometimes not.
But even when they are,
they are never really those people.
I invent and remake. More often, characters are a reinvention of an amalgam of people.”
About the characters she admires the most, she continued:
“There are characters I admire — like Kainene in Half Of A Yellow Sun, Ifemelu and Obinze in Americanah, Aunty Ifeoma in Purple Hibiscus — and I feel a sense of loss when I am done writing them, but I’m not sure it would be true to say that they stay with me.”
For the rest of the interview, she talks about how she gets started writing a new book or piece,
how much of a book is in her mind before she actually starts writing, and how much her mother inspired her growing up.