Hi Friends, I have been plotting some stories. Read some novels. I have stuck always with one question. I am glad we have this forum. Here I go.. "How genuine is to use real existed characters in your plot or story". For example, in Da Vinci code, a great novel I read, author used several existed characters in his novel like L. Da Vinci and Newton..etc. I hope not, but what the author said is correct? or he simply used it? Are you allowed to use the historical characters? Please give me your opinion. Is there any kind of rule for such cases. Should I not use the real characters unless what I write is happened for real? Can I pick any king (real kings in past) or past presidents to involve in my novel? Thanks a bunch! Satch.