I'm a beginning a new campaign in pathfinder this fall as a player with a few friends. One of the players is brand new to roleplaying. I know that the group we're playing with puts a heavy emphasis on story and roleplaying elements in the game (as opposed to combat centric campaigns). As such, it's generally important that our characters are well fleshed out before the campaign starts. The campaign setting is a Gothic fantasy world.
I'm looking for some good tools to help develop the backstory and history of a character before we sit down at the table with the GM. I can help the new player through class selection and the statistics, but I need help building a rounded character.
I'm looking for literary character creation tools, so the random character backstory generation tools are very useful. Lists of questions or information to write and think about when creating the personalities of player characters would also be helpful and appreciated. I'm aware of the Jane/John Doe tests to make sure characters aren't flat, but that's not what I'm looking for.
I'm looking for tools (question lists, backstory generators, etc) that will help take a vague idea of a personality and turn it into a detailed character that doesn't flounder when talking about his/her past or have obvious personality discrepancies.