It is often said that you should write about what you know. What if that wasn't a recommendation, but a hard steadfast rule? If that was the case, anyone reading anything that I have written would be very bored. The things I know about are not very exciting. I am an average working woman, doing everyday things while trying to balance a career, family life and my outside interests.
I am considered to be pretty good at what I do for a living and consider myself a fairly competent mom. Fairly competent being defined as: the kids lived to reach adulthood. I enjoy my life even if it isn't always exciting, but it definitely not the fodder for an interesting novel.
So, as a storyteller I take the liberty of writing about things I dream of or imaginary situations my characters will face. I suspect other writers do this too so that they can create interesting stories. Somehow, I do not think that a cattle farmer's wife, living in Gadsden, previously experienced life as an FBI agent, but I could be wrong.
Thank goodness that we have the option to draw on our imagination and dreams to write books. Our material is restricted only by our imaginations.