This episode is a recording of a talk held on June 11, 2015 at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. We join Paul Doiron as he discusses the ethics of fiction writing and his newest book, The Precipice, in the talk “Murder on the Appalachian Trail.”
The Precipice is the sixth novel in a series following the life of Maine game warden Mike Bowditch. Bestselling Maine author Paul Doiron is Editor Emeritus of Down East Magazine. The Maine Humanities Council is proud to have him as a board member.
“When you’re in journalism, people talk all the time about ethics,” Doiron said. “I was aware that every single word that I published had some ramification. And it doesn’t just apply to nonfiction works; I’ve also realized it applies to fiction works.”
Doiron discussed the real story of a woman who went missing on the Appalachian Trail, and his hesitation to write her story. “I think that was probably the journalist in me recoiling from that,” he said. “Saying, you know, it would be irresponsible of me to—even if it’s fiction—to write something that might cause pain to the people close to that situation.”