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I want to write a football novel that combines some elements of non-fiction and fiction.  Specifically, if I wanted to write an account of Auburn University's national championship season last year, could I use the true game schedule and game results, and use the names of real networks (ESPN) and real people, like the Auburn coach and key players (i.e., Cam Newton), or would I have to fictionalize all aspects of this story?  I am afraid doing so might break some copyright laws.  Please advise.  

Thanks in advance.  



Everything you list is fair game, if you'll pardon the pun.  None of this would be cause for worry, unless you're planning to use these real people as significant characters in the book.  But for little cameos and whatnot... no issue at all.

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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