Writers get this question a lot. In many different forms. Everyone wants to know what inspires the stories that we write. There isn't one answer. Sometimes a story comes from stumbling on a fascinating program on NPR about The Last Freelance Embalmer. This is where Resurrection Men came from. If you keep your eyes open, inspiration is everywhere. Story can start with character, plot, and theme.
Sometimes it comes from location. Just stumbled on these amazing photos by Yves Marchand, and Romain Meffre called The Ruins of Detroit. Talk about inspiration. What kind of stories would you tell here?