In know this is a bit broad, but I'm writing a memoir based on my father's WWII experience.
Of course, all of the interpersonal stuff I need to make up because he and all of his army buddies are dead. So, knowing only what my father was like, how should I go about "building" characters around him who are interesting without being cliche'?
So far I was thinking that because he was an introvert with a scientific and math background, maybe throw comrads at him who are a)extroverted/funny, b) naive/personable, and c) overbearing/controlling?
Is this the right way to go about it? Should they also have aligned traits as well?
What I want also is for two of them to die(a and b, preferably).
What do you all think?