Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
I always write my Characters first. I give my Character a place to live, an Identity. I usually make up to five to six Characters. I then give them a place where the story will take place. When I write, I always base my books on real life events, followed by pure fiction. Once I have my Characters, I place them into a Story. I has always worked well for me. I find the theme of the story from the Characters I already created. It may seem backwards, but it does work. They it, see if it can work for you. Hope it helps.