Here’s an excerpt from A Conversation Between Writers: Benjamin Rosenbaum and Aimee Bender:
BR: So you don’t start ever with a character? The characters emerge from the voice. . . .
AB: Characters emerge from voice, yes. So something does start with character, but it’s more, again, about the sentence itself, the way the words bump against each other and who it is comes from that.
Also discussed: fantasy and sci-fi, “show, don’t tell,” Jane Siberry, country music, and more. (Thanks to Stephany for the link.)