Reported by Kerri Kokias:
Martha Mihalick, associate editor of Greenwillow Books, spoke on Hidden Spaces: Building Memorable Characters and the Ties Between Them.
She said writers need to develop characters that their readers can identify with, love, sympathize with, or love to hate. It’s important to develop your main character, your secondary characters, and just as importantly, how the characters relate to each other. Characters come alive through their relationships, their objects/possessions, their actions/reactions, and their opinions.