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My question is can I invent a town in a state or county that doesn't really exist? Also, if I choose to base the setting in a place that does exsist, but the story is fictional, can I still mention places that do exist, such as resteraunts and stores? Which would you recomend doing?

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Hello Collette,

Yes, you can invent towns, states, counties and whole countries if it suits you. I was floored when I read Mitchener's "Centenial" and discovered that that town did not really exist. And you can mention real places; however, if you mention certain real businesses, make sure you do not say anything bad about them, and it might be good to get their permission beforehand, if they still exist.
On things like this you can inquire from a legal expert also.
Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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