Paul Bagdon was as a medical malpractice case supervisor for years, working the clock and the corporate structure on a daily basis. During this time he was able write, sometimes publishing a short story or an article. Then, Bagdon made the decision to leave his position to focus on what he really loved to do — write.
Bagdon now resides at Baird Nursing Home, and still enjoys reading and writing stories.
“I knew if I never left and tried my hand at full-time writing, I would always regret it,” Bagdon said. “If I didn’t go for it, I would be stuck somewhere at 90 years of age thinking, ‘I should have.’”
Bagdon has sold 50 books and over 250 of his short stories, and his articles have appeared in magazines. He wrote several novels under pen names, one being Paige Lee Elliston.
His favorite genre of writing is Western. Two of his novels, “Bad Medicine” and “Deserter,” were Spur Award finalists. The Spur Award is given by Western Writers of America to honor distinguished writing about the American West.
“I would still write to this day, whether I was being paid or not,” Bagdon said. “It was tough at first; I was divorced and I did not have much money. I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, but I knew if I didn’t go for it, I never would.”
Bagdon started a writing school, which is still going strong. The open meet-up is at Webster Library on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The focus is writing for publication, and some attendees have several of their own books published.
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