Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 21, 2013

BSU author's novel inspires musical

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Day, who previously taught at Minnesota State University and the University of Pittsburgh, based some of the chapters on true incidents. “I’d forgotten to warn the people in my town they were going to encounter their own personal tragedies in my book.” She learned “you probably should give them a heads-up.”

Edwina Callan, Osgood, asked, “How long did it take you to write the book?” The answer: “Twelve years, off and on. As a college professor, I needed to publish. I wasn’t in a great hurry. I just wanted to get it right.”

A few years later, the novel inspired a musical (please see sidebar below). It put the author in a unique position. “I wrote these stories in private and you went and read them in private .... The weird part for me was sitting in the audience (at the musical performances), watching people watch my subconscious.”

Marty Ryan, Bright, asked how she felt as a writer to have her work adapted. Day responded, “I had to really push ... (the students) to veer away from the book” to make the story easier to follow. She figures, “The best chance of my book finding a wider audience is if the musical does well.”

In 2008 she published “Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love,” part memoir about life as a single woman and part sports story about the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl season.

Osgood librarian Kay Koppel wondered, “What are you working on now?” Day divulged, “I’m interested in nonfictional fiction.” Recent recommendations are “The Paris Wife” about one of Ernest Hemingway’s spouses, and “The Chaperone” about the late actress Louise Brooks.

She would like to pen a novel about Mrs. Cole Porter, who also lived in Peru. “Linda’s first husband was like Charlie Sheen. They were in the papers all the time.” After divorcing, Linda met the younger and famous songwriter Porter. As a child, Day used to walk past her gravesite.

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