Worst question in the world! There are too many answers. I might visit somewhere that I can turn into a great setting just by wondering 'What happened here?' Or I might see a picture in a magazine or brochure and that person gets lodged in my brain and slowly turned into a hero or heroine. Maybe a news item sparks me off in a new direction. 'Taken by the Sheikh' came from a news item - several years ago a most unlikely person was captured and held hostage by terrorists, and finally released. And I thought 'What if that had been the nanny for an American family, and someone thought she was the eldest daughter?'