A reader told me how much he enjoyed one of my "Summer Heat" stories and asked whether I'd engaged in any of the described activities (voyeurism, in this case) with a family member.
The short answer to his question is "No," and I debated how to respond to why I wrote about taboo subjects. How much detail to give about where writing ideas come from do you give without destroying whatever magic or mystery there might be to the process? (Doesn't apply if you throw darts at a list of topics, of course.)
I ended up saying something about the power of "What if?" and how I use the bones of a real event to expand on what might have happened.
How much detail to provide to a reader? (Assumes a reasonable question, which this was, not an attempt to troll or spark some dispute.)