Sunday, March 1, 2015


February turned out to be a month filled with loss, and crammed with infinitely more mayhem than magic. Three people of whom I was fond died in February (well, four, if you count Leonard, Nimoy, and I certainly do). My cousin died. Pat Browning, a dear cyber-friend and longtime journalist died. But the one that got to me the most was when I learned of Wallace J. Swenson’s death.

Most of you have probably never heard of Wally Swenson, but if I have my way, the entire world will know about him and his wonderful books soon. I had the honor of editing three of his books for Five Star’s Frontier Fiction line: BUELL, PINE MARTEN, and CARLISLE. Wally had more books in the works (I believe they were all written, actually) and Five Star aims to publish them. I will be proud to edit as many books as Wally had lying around at the time of his death.

Wally’s dream was to be a published writer of western fiction. He didn’t rely on the Old West shoot-‘em-up myth, but told stories about people who felt like friends, and he put them into situations that might actually have occurred. Don’t know how many of you have seen "Deadwood" on TV, but that will give you an idea of how Wally’s books worked.

Well, Wally died before he could even hold his first published book, BUELL, in his hands. Broke my heart, as well as the hearts of his many friends and family members. Perhaps you have to have had a dream like Wally’s in order to truly appreciate what a cruel loss his death was. I still feel like crying.

Here’s the cover for BUELL, which will be published in August of this year:


Wally chose this photograph for the cover of his book, because he says this guy looks just like Buell, and I agree with him. Please buy this book when it comes out. You won’t be sorry. And it’ll be available electronically, too, so you don’t have to spend a bunch of money. The book itself is worth a bundle, but e-books are nice like that.

As for me, eh; life goes on. I’ll be in touch with the winners of February’s contest, so they can tell me which of my books they want me to send them.

And for this month’s contest… um… well, I dunno. How about I give away a couple of copies of SPIRITS REVIVED, Daisy Gumm Majesty’s six-and-a-halfth adventure? If you’d like to enter my contest, please send me your name and home address in an e-mail to

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Allan J. Emerson said...

Alice, so sorry to hear about your losses this month.

But comments like "if you’re really a sucker for punishment..." crack me up!

All the best,


Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Allan! I think cracking people up is my job in life :-)

AnnNoE said...

If I'm still here in August, I will certainly buy the book - and all of his books, as long as I am...

Alice Duncan said...

Whattaya mean IF????? You're not going anywhere, Ann!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Alice,

I'll ask my library to buy all the Five Star novels as they come out. I want to lend support.

This is a sad story. I feel so badly for a writer who was finally going to see his work in print and didn't live long enough for it to happen. So many talented people only become published or famous after they are dead. Depressing.

Alice Duncan said...

Thanks, Jacquie. I think it's' soooo difficult to handle because this was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Wally. Sigh.

Unknown said...

I think that by this book being published is a wonderful tribute to his memory. It was his dream to have this book published and now by us having the book we have a piece of him. I am looking very forward to reading this

Alice Duncan said...

Thank you very much, Christina. I agree with you, and I'm extremely glad that Five Star is going to publish the rest of Wally's books. I promise you won't be disappointed.