I had this idea a few years ago but never did anything about it. I was writing on a regular basis then, too, which is proof to me that this is something I want to write about.
My grandmother, on my dad’s side, is what I would call our “Family Historian.” She spends time on a regular basis going through photos, records, and other pieces of information and has amassed a small library of family history. Along with this information are stories. Lots and lots of stories, from an era long before my time, an era that I am fascinated by.
My idea is this: I would like to interview my grandmother, maybe twice a month, about the family history she knows. From the history she shares with me, I would like to write stories. Essentially add movement and dialogue to the history she tells. I guess this genre would be Historical Fiction, so we’ll call it Family Historical Fiction 🙂
My plan would be to record the audio of our conversations, and also capture photo stills. I think video would be too much, but the audio and photography should be enough content to help bring the stories to life. After our conversations I would review my notes, listen to the audio, and pull out the parts that have more to be told. At that point I’ll come here, and share these stories with you. I have a few other ideas, especially about how I’ll share these stories with my grandmother and the rest of our family, but I’ll keep that to myself for now.
The reason I am publishing this idea is so that I have people to let down if I don’t do it. I told my wife last night and now I’ve told you. I realize this may not be as exciting for you as it is for me, but I hope that you’ll stick around to read the stories that are a part of my family’s history.
P.S. I have yet to ask my grandmother about this, but I plan to write a letter to her this week to share my idea with her.