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I am writing a fictional novel slightly based off my life. In the novel I would like to reference certain celebrities and I was wondering if it is legal to do that.

Answer
In order to mention or reference a real person, you must use the reference in a positive light and not any slight negative.

Famous people, especially celebs, spend a lot of money with a publist to build up their name.

If they should feel it is negative in any way, they can sue you for liable and slander and defamation of character, let alone damages to their reputation and any loss of potential income that may have caused.

I usually suggest NOT referencing any real person, to safeguard the author.

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Jannie Balliett

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.

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I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Organizations
Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Publications
Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Education/Credentials
Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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I have numerous clients using my service through my editorial service and numerous members in my Online writer workshops.

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