The answer is, reality. The 1990 column I wrote for a local Orange County newspaper shines light on the genesis of Deadly Little Secrets. An event I covered -that I thought was about AIDS awareness/prevention -- turned out to be anything but. This URL will take you to that column that I dug out of 'old clips' and published a few days ago on my website. http://marlamiller.com/?p=1590 I've titled it: From Facts, Writers Craft Fiction.