I research my characters in a kind of weird way. I take the lazy way out and just write people I already know. In my story, my main character is obviously me. The love interest I'm going to write as my husband, the bad guy will most likely be a combo of a few different people I know (No Nichole, not you... yet). This is actually kind of freeing, in that I don't have to come up with a whole new person from scratch, someone with her own views and ideas. All I have to think about is what I would do in a situation, and the writing is half way done. Like I said, it's the lazy way out.
Sorry that this is so short this week, but I'm fluish, and trying desperately to not yark up my socks. Most of this was written between trips to the porcelain altar.