Festival Feature: H. Alan Day

Festival Feature: H. Alan Day

Book featured at this year’s Festival: The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs

1. Have you ever presented at the South Dakota Festival of Books before? If so, tell us your favorite memory. If not, tell us what you are expecting and why you signed on.

My book is set in South Dakota and the ranch is a deep part of me. I lived there for five years and it will wonderful to talk about the book in the same state where the story occurs and to share it with South Dakotans.

2. What is the earliest memory you have of books and/or reading?

I used to sit on my mama’s lap and have her read Winnie the Pooh stories to me. Over and over again.

3. Who is your favorite author (besides yourself!) and why?

Larry McMurtry, because his characters are so compelling.

4. If you have to give one piece of succinct advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

You can’t climb a mountain in a day. Take one piece of your project, finish it, then go on to the next piece. Have patience. The book will sort itself out as it develops.

5. Tell us one fact about yourself that nobody knows.

Taking care of my mother made me understand that a side of me is a caregiver.

6. What was the greatest moment of your literary career?

The feeling of finishing The Horse Lover. (Wow, this book is done!)

7. Describe the feeling you had when you first held a finished, published copy of a book you had written.

Euphoria and a grin as wide as Texas.

8. What is the best movie adaptation of a book you have ever seen? The worst?

The best is Lonesome Dove. I loved it!
The worst is – gosh, I tend to forget about the bad ones.

9. Write a haiku that describes you as a writer.

Living on a ranch
A horse, a pen, some ideas
Cowboy up and write.

10. What is the strangest question you have ever been asked related to your career as an author or your writings?

What the hell ever made you think you could write?

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