Readers of “The Point of the Pick” often ask me: Is this story real? Did it really happen?

Every fiction writer writes what that person thinks he or she knows whether it’s literally true or totally imagined. “Point” reflects the reality I witnessed, but the story did not happen as I’ve related it. I am not the Becker character. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Pickering, who is a composite of my imagination and remembered scraps of words, characteristics and behaviors. These characters are not modeled on real people. “Point” is not a roman a’ clef.

Can a made-up story and imaginary characters portray reality? You betcha.