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Author Sued for Basing Character on Friend

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Post by michellemoran » Sat November 21st, 2009, 7:28 pm

Another excellent reason for writing biographical historical fiction. None of my acquaintances have crowns on their heads
HA! Although I can name some girlfriends who think they do... hee hee (wait, I might be included in that ;) ).
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Post by Rowan » Sat November 21st, 2009, 8:00 pm

I remember a few years back when Patricia Cornwell was sued by the families of a pair of teens who claimed she had copied the teen's manner of death. Cornwell won because their manner of death was the only aspect of their lives that was copied; not enough to prove she read the case of the teens' deaths and rewrote it verbatim.

I guess it's different when it's a close friend, but as Sarah said, if the woman who sued her friend had kept her mouth shut no one would've made a big deal out of it.

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