What can you tell me about your hometown? I bet you ask anyone that question, and you’ll get a flood of stories. some will be good, some will be horrifying. Some, like mine, will be about this crazy guy who chased me off his porch with a shotgun while campaigning. The guy had a taxidermy squirrel on his porch. I should have known better, the blame lies with me, honestly.
The point is, our hometowns have a significant effect on who we are. The same goes for your characters.
So, what’s your main characters hometown like? What sort of stores, restaurants, and jobs are there? Is this an average town in the world you’re building, or is it unusual in some way?
Does your main character like her hometown? Or could she not wait to shake the dirt of the place from her shoes? What about your character would let someone else in the world know she’s from that town?
Try to come up wit as much detail as possible, especially if your book isn’t set in the real world. What’s an average hometown look like in a world where gargoyles walk around and mermaids live in the village fountains?