A kind reader wrote to thank me for the short story Smashed. I replied by giving the reader the true source of the story. So here it is.
"Thanks so much! The story happened to my sister. She went to her car in the grocery lot and the steering wheel was bent down and the seat cushion twisted. She never could figure out how it happened so I made up an explanation. She had to get a repairman out and he repaired but like her, he couldn’t guess the cause."
I must admit that most of my story ideas grow out of things that happen to me and to my relatives and friends. Yes, I add a lot of fiction.