Re: Do I Need Permission?
To be sure and to prevent someone from suing you for libel or for defamation of character, I would use fake names.
I copied this from an online legal dictionary:
Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person's reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.
Defamation may be a criminal or civil charge. It encompasses both written statements, known as libel, and spoken statements, called slander.
So, you can write it, but I would NOT use actual names. I would also include the statement: "certain names have been changed" and you could say, "this work is based on actual events".
Don't chance a law suit or else. Who wants to be sued?
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)