Time to explore your own family roots for story ideas. And here's where you get to make a choice: tell a story as it truly happened, or use it as a launching pad for something fictitious. Recalling true stories can help solidify the voice and mannerisms of a character for you. Often the details present in a family story provide just the realism you need for compelling fiction.
Whether a story you have heard since you were a small child, or one just told to you this week because you asked, family histories are as much a part of you as your own bones and flesh. Use your knowledge of people, places, reactions,
Homework: Jot down, in quick note form, all the stories you remember of your own extended family. If the list is short, or the topic intrigues you, interview family members to see what they remember. Pay attention to anything that piques your interest.