A new novel calls for a new character. (It's surprising how hard that is to do).
I've written the first chapter and it has become apparent that New Yorker +Elizabeth Jeanette Radman+ is attractive, single, very smart, and works in broking (finance). Her downside is that she is socially inept. I don't know any real people to base this character on but she sounds a little bit "Sloan Sabbith" to me.
So I spend some time studying the character starting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-7oN84Gi8k
It's a fairly quick study because although she's just a character she's often reacting to real life situations which I've had my own thoughts and feelings on. e.g. Raising the debt ceiling or Fukushima Daiichi.
I spend a few hours on Youtube studying her. I find it particularly interesting, the only time she got really passionate was about raising the debt ceiling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj5-G01iRyk
My next task is to research the actor, Olivia Munn, to see how far removed she is from the character. The good news is - she's not. She's a bit of a klutz and is borderline OCD.
She makes a good base for my character because she has opinions and issues that I don't share (some of them I wouldn't even think of). But in other ways she's very different from 'EJ' - 'EJ' has secrets which affect her behaviour.