December 2, 2012

Author Q & A: Beach reading

Josh Pahigian sets his new novel on familiar sand -- Old Orchard.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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Josh Pahigian

Q: This was your first work of fiction after several nonfiction books, particularly ones about baseball. What are the main differences and challenges between writing nonfiction and fiction for you?

A: I think a big part of it for me, being away from it so long, was having the confidence to really do it.

I had tried at various points to write a novel, but it seemed like every time I did, I'd get 100 pages in and I'd run into a challenge with the plotting or the character development, not understanding who the characters really were.

Then I'd listen to people who were saying, "Why don't you write another baseball book?" So for me, it was having the confidence to stay with it through all the obstacles.

I think the reason I could was that it was set in this place I love. 

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: I am working on another novel now, a first draft of it. I haven't shopped it around. I'm doing it because I enjoy it. Again, it's set in Old Orchard Beach, but it doesn't have the same characters.

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at: 

Staff Writer Aimsel Ponti contributed to this story.


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