Im working on a starting my first book, and i have general question. My book is going to be about a serial killer, and will be killing off possibly 7-10 victims in very horrific ways.... Now my question is, while this is going to be completely Horror/SciFi, in no way related to real people.. How should i go about naming my Characters? My concern is that i might name one of my Victims " Jane Doe" and someone out there in the nut house named Jan Doe is going to see it and be like WTF! im not dead im suing .... how can i avoid this issue? is it better just to give characters first names, and forget about the last name? but then what about the FBI Special Agent, or the Officer in charge and so forth? ....... also for you writers out there, when you are creating places, do you use current places, and names, how does that work? is better to create your own places along known areas?