Basically, I opened the picture on one side of my laptop screen, opened up the word processor on the other side, typed a question, and imagined how she would answer it. I started in the middle of things and let the conversation flow naturally, though I did nudge it toward major issues. Think I understand her a lot better now.
I also think the above makes me sound somewhat insane, but hey, I'm a writer, I'm allowed to be a little crazy, right? ;)
I need to pick up some research books from the library tomorrow, the ones I put on hold, and then I think I'll be ready to start outlining (the research relates to some major plot points I haven't worked out yet, and hopefully they'll give me a good enough grounding to figure that stuff out). I keep thinking about the story, and stumbling across little pieces that make the ideas I already have fit together even better. This makes me happy.