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Forum Featuring Terry Alexander

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns?

I fell in love with Westerns during the 1960s, with shows like “Cheyenne,” “Maverick,” “Sugarfoot,” “Lawman,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Gunsmoke,” and my favorite at the time, “The Lone Ranger” reruns.

Who are your three favorite Western writers?

Elmer Kelton, Dusty Richards and T.V. Olsen.

Which Western do you wish you’d written?

“Guns of Rio Conchos.”

What is the most recent Western you’ve read?

I just finished “Ride With the Devil” and started “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” I’m also reading some of the “Derby Man” books by Gary McCarthy.

The “Desert Island” question. What are your three favorite Western books?

“Noble’s Way” by Dusty Richards, “Joe Pepper” by Elmer Kelton and “Stalking Moon” by T.V. Olsen.

What are your three favorite Western movies?

“Tombstone” with Kurt Russell, “The Shootist” with John Wayne, and “The Outlaw Josey Wales” with Clint Eastwood.

Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite — and why?

I haven’t written any novels or an anthology, but I do have several short stories published with various publishers. My favorite is “The Act of God Mule,” which was published by Saddlebag Dispatches.

What is the most recent Western you’ve written?

I finished one recently for Airship 27 — not sure I can talk about it yet.

Can you tell us anything about your next book?

Not at the current point in time.

If you could go back in time, what would be the time and place in the Old West you’d like to have lived in for a year?

1889 — I would like to have participated in the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Is there a question you wish I’d asked?

Will Westerns ever make a comeback on television?

The answer?

Yes, but the stories will have to be multilayered to interest today’s audience. “Gunsmoke” was able to last 20 years because the writers learned to adapt. “Gunsmoke” had three distinct periods. It started out as a 30-minute drama, then went to an hour-long black-and-white shot and finally to the hour-long color show. The writers always managed to keep the show interesting and keep the viewers coming back. A Western today would have to follow a similar formula.

 

 

One Comment on “Forum Featuring Terry Alexander

Charles Gramlich
September 14, 2018 at 8:03 am

Enjoyed that. Tombstone and Outlaw Josey Wales are two of my faves too, although I’d add Once upon a time in the west as my third pick.

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