It has been over a week since I was distracted by another blogger’s post about using real people as characters in one’s work of fiction – and the risks that come with it.
I can’t find that particular WordPress post but will definitely refer to it once my short-term memory returns or I can find it in my browser history!
What about towns, cities and other locations used in works of fiction? Harper Lee did it with her old home town in To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. When using people though, you have to tweak the names and appearances just enough to avoid a slander suit.
I recently returned from a trip to my old home town. It was the inspiration for the small town of Seguin Sound in the Novel. You can read about it in this other blog entry titled You CAN go home again.
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