For those out there who have written memoirs or even fictional stories in which the characters are heavily based on people you know in real life... How have you explained to those people that they're characters in your stories? The main three characters in my novel are based on myself (the MC), my husband (the MC's brother) and a man whom I recently had an emotionally abusive relationship with (the antagonist). In the novel, the MC and the antagonist have a lot of romantic tension and get themselves involved in a relationship which is unhealthy for both of them. My husband has found he can't read the novel - after two chapters - because he knows who the characters are based on and finds the situations in the novel way too awkward as a result, which I understand. So I was wondering how everyone else has approached explaining to people they're based characters on?