Help help! I have three characters who are in danger of being stuck in stereotypes. They need your creative talents to help them avoid being predictable and boring. Here they are so far:
The main character’s name is Garnet. She is a single mom, only 17, with a baby daughter, Alta. Her parents both died in a random car accident (icy road), and she got pregnant in an uncharacteristically self-destructive act while grieving. She now lives with her Uncle Lars (bachelor loner in his 50’s) out in the country on his dairy farm. She works at a landscaping company, one of the gardeners working for rich people. Her babysitter (Mrs. W.) is recently widowed, late 60’s, quite well off, but lost in her own grief. She babysits to get out of her house and avoid everyone she knows who wants to talk about her past life.
Any thoughts of how I can flesh out these characters? Appearance? Odd habits? Speech patterns? (they live in the upper Midwest). Secrets? Dreams?