Almost every work of fiction begins with a disclaimer like this:
…all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
If you’re a writer, you know that legal statement is hogwash. We’re told repeatedly to write what we KNOW, so sadly that includes everyone we KNOW. Everything we write is based on fact—people we know or have seen in the airport, places we’ve been to or researched, etc; these all lead our writing. Continue reading