Ros, just to give you an idea of what I wrote about my ancestor, Joseph Simpson, and his thoughts on the fellow with whom he would later have dealings with. This was my way of setting up some kind of concern on Joseph's part.
John Taylor was
galloping past. He noticed Joseph standing by the roadside and pulled back into
a trot, reining in a few feet from where Joseph stood. Dust stirred as the
horse tackled the manoeuvre of its skilled rider. John Taylor nodded. “Joseph”.
“See you got your land.”
Finally. Took their bloody time about it though.” Joseph replied.
Taylor remained on his horse. He removed his hat pushing his light brown hair
off his face. “I’d like to discuss some business with you.” he said, placing
his hat back on. “You got time now?”
looked at Taylor. Something about the man concerned him; his manner, the way he
got things done, his competitiveness. Joseph nodded. “I’ll hear you.”
As it turned out, Joseph did not want to go along with John Taylor's business venture and a lot of rivalry began between the two men.
In the end I took a few more liberties than I had intended, but still sticking to the main facts, I even researched climate at the time, buildings that were existing or not existing. ie court houses
The other thing I did was add a complete list of my sources at the back of the book, so if in doubt the reader can find the true facts themselves and compare if they so wish.
Someone once told me, 'If its a novel then it is not a family history'. This will always be one of those fence arguments - I like sitting on the wall myself.
Hope this helps