Good afternoon everyone, I have been working on the first of several novels that I'm writing as a series. The three books take place in the late 1800's around the time of the civil war. Although the storyline takes place in a real time period within American History, all of the characters, places and events are 100% fictitious. There will be a few small nods towards some of the historical happenings that are going on as the hero meets various (fictional) minor characters and the settings will carry the general theme of that time but thats all. I have completed most of my prework for the first book, but while I was researching some writing techniques/advice, I came across an article on historical fiction and how the author shouldn't deviate or take liberties with facts. The article said that taking liberties with the facts makes the author appear less intelligent than the readers who may or may not know that the facts have been misrepresented. Intrigued, I dove further into the issue by doing some Google searches on the matter. What I can't find is a definitive answer on what makes a piece historical fiction. To me, my novels will be fiction; nothing about them is factual except for the fact that there was a Revolutionary War and a Civil War. Does / Can / Will the backdrop of my story control if it is historical fiction? If it does / will / or can cause it to be labeled that way, am I still free to take liberties with the facts? Any advice or tips is greatly appreciated.