Next Noble Pen Meeting
October 23rd, 2014 at 7 pm
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
The finalists for the National Book Awards in fiction were announced.
Tyree added 8k words to Bombay Sapphire II this week. He attended a book fair with many genres where he was one of two selling SF/Fantasy/Horror and had good sales.
Tyree and Dylan’s stories are now available in the Taurin Tales anthology, which sold well at the book fair.
Dylan submitted his story to Blackguards. His Sand and Blood was a top seller at the fair.
Cassie made more progress on Dreams in Red including a new chapter.
Nick sent his revised western story to be edited.
Can you use a real person in your fiction? Can you base a fictional story on a real person who is not named but could perhaps be identified?
Generally one should err on the side of caution to avoid possible claims of defamation or invasion of privacy by the person or their descendants. The more famous the person and the greater the span of time after their life, the more leeway you will have.
If the person’s identity and details are not as important as their membership in a group, it is easy to make up a character combining what you know about that person and others in the group.
This excellent article says a finding of libel is rare but you need to exercise some caution. Even winning a lawsuit is still expensive. They recommend either keeping true to the proven facts, especially for any negative aspect of the character, or else disguising the character so they are hard to associate with the real person. The trouble is in the middle ground.
Thanksgiving – no meeting