Hello everybody. I life in continental Europe and want to write a story set in the Anglo-American cultural sphere. I know that’s not the most brilliant of ideas but as far as I can see to date I only need Anglo-American specifics in the first act, to kind of launch the plot and then I can proceed in a more universally valid mode. Please be so kind as to not let us get absorbed in a discussion about ´only write what you know` and stuff like that. I want to give it a shot regardless and I would very much appreciate if we could concentrate on specific topics instead of debates on principles. I guess I start off by describing certain ideas and hoping that you guys tell me whether you consider them reasonably realistic and credible and if not make improvement suggestions On topic: My protagonist is a 17 year old boy with 1-2 siblings (not sure about that yet). My starting situation is: He grew up in a solid middle class family. Nothing posh or wealthy but financially sound. Nice little single-family house, little back yard, probably one proper and one compact car (mom’s ;-) ) Dad’s an engineer (probably chief engineer) in a big car company, mom’s a housewife. Everything is neat and tidy. Parents are reliable, diligent people. A typical orderly citizens kind of situation. Kids are supposed to go to college. Then along came the financial crisis, dad lost his job and there went the sound financial background, the house, the back yard, the cars and the kid’s college fund (). Now (about 2 years later), dad hasn’t found a new job, they dwell in a humble flat and life on welfare, mom’s part time cleaning and boy’s evening shift assembly line job at dad’s old company. He got it because the old workers were sacked and new ones were hired for half the wage (something like that). So, my question: is there anything wrong with this scenario? Like, maybe ´An engineer as sole earner could not afford that standard of living.` Or ´No way three kids could go to college in this situation.` Or ´They would need a scholarship as well.`Or ´No way the boy works the evening shift.` or ´No way he got a job there. They fired but they didn’t hire new people.` Stuff like that, you know… Please, input!!!