Hi All I'm new to this forum as well as new to writing. I've always wanted to write a book, but never actually had the time... until now! I have what I think is a good outline for a ghost story. It begins with a factual story from 1900 that ended in a tragedy as well as a mystery. My idea is to use this as a backdrop to the fictional story I have based in modern day. My question is this: As the factual part relies on actual persons and events. Am I breaking all the rules if I now give the story a modern twist using those people? Or should I just change all references to a 'similar' but fictional event in the past which has no references. The reason I ask is that there may be living relatives of the original people in the factual tragedy of 1900 This may be very basic advice... and I think I may already know the answer. But worth asking? Thanks for any comments!