Agent: Angela Kelly
PO Box 2866
Norris, Montana, United States
Home page: http://www.ravenpublishing.net
In-House Publicist: Angela Kelly
Fergus is Dan A. Peterson’s debut novel, which shows that at the tender age of 65, author Peterson learned to see life afresh through the eyes of his grandchildren, as is noted in his author biography below. In addition, his background and writing credentials include a Journalism/English Degree from Brigham Young University, serving as past editor of three trade publications in Minnesota: “FLOORING”,“GUIDE TO FLOORING” (for Architects), and “ROOFING, SIDING AND INSULATION,” and owning an educational supply business in Utah for thirty years.
Dan A. Peterson prefers to view the world through the eyes of children, most notably his grandchildren, Maggie “Beans” and Cole Matthew. He feels this is absolutely essential in order to write stories that will captivate them. The opening line of Fergus, "A very unusual colt. . . (who) could dance like sunlight on water. . ." bounced around in his head for a couple of years before he gave the colt something exciting to do - play soccer with a couple of boys. After that, the story of Fergus sort of took over. Mr. Peterson spent much of his childhood in rural Utah where he learned to appreciate the special characteristics and intelligence of horses. As a boy, many of his mounts were mustangs that had been captured and trained by his uncles. His first horse, in fact, was a pretty brown mare from a band that had been herded into town for the annual Cedar Fort rodeo.
The rodeo was the highlight of his summer. He rode calves for real silver dollars and sat on the rail fence for hours studying the wild horses and their babies. He learned never to underestimate a horse’s intelligence and unique personality. Mr. Peterson still finds mustangs fascinating. If he’s lucky, he says, he will see the occasional wild horse on his camping trips to Utah’s arid west desert.
Mr. Peterson and his wife, Birdeen, still reside in Sandy, Utah. Their children have all married and “left the nest”, but the cats, Milo and Rajah, still perform daily inspections of the house, while the lab, Jake, guards the deck and back yard. In the pasture there's the palomino, the paint, and the POA mare due to foal in April. Who knows what games this pony will learn to play.
Published writer: Yes