Skip the church and/or therapy, find your salvation through writing your memoir, or for that matter your fathers.
I asked my father these tough questions at our last memoir meeting. Ask your character to answer them.
1. How did I get my name? How did you get yours?
2. What do you remember most about your mother?
3. If you had a time machine, what decision would go back to undo?
4. What are you most proud of?
5. What is the thing you always hid from your parents?
6. How did my coming into your life change your life?
7. Who’s had the biggest impact on your life?
8. What’s your earliest memory?
9. What event made you feel like you were suddenly an adult?
10. What do you know now that you didn’t then?
11. What didn’t I know then that you want to admit to me now?
12. What was your favorite age?
13. When [big life event] was going on, what did you tell your friends about it?
14. What has been your greatest worry?
15. What used to thrill you? What thrills you now?
Question from: Jennifer Traig, Part II The Autobiographer's Handbook