Sam Wiebe


End of Summer; Bouchercon; Cut You Down

I was interviewed by Will Viharo for his "Author of the Week" column on Digital Media Ghost. We talked about CanLit, crime fiction, genre snobbery, and the Pacific Northwest.  

My story "Albuquerque" was published by Suspense magazine's June 2017 issue. It was originally written for a Neil Young-themed anthology which, sadly got shelved.
The story is about a group of security professionals working for a large agricultural company, bullying small farmers, until one of them begins to have a change of heart. I based it on an article I read about the devious tactics companies like Monsanto use to enforce their patents.

This year's WORD Vancouver lineup is stacked, including great local authors like Janie Chang, Carleigh Baker, Mercedes Eng, Dietrich Kalteis, Dina del Bucchia, and many others. I'll be moderating a panel on mystery fiction, Sunday September 24th at 4:00.

I'll also be at Bouchercon this year in Toronto--my panel is "Writers Under 40", Saturday October 14th from 1-2. Should be fun.

What will be even MORE fun is Noir at the Bar Toronto, hosted by Rob Brunet and Tanis Mallow, and featuring David Swinson and a host of other great writers. That's October 11th at the Rivoli.

For the past few weeks I've been working on revisions for Cut You Down, the second Wakeland novel, which will be published this February. After the umpteenth revision, sometimes you lose perspective and enthusiasm. But in this case I feel much more confident in the book. I'm happy with it, maybe for the first time since I finished the first draft. That's one of the mysteries of writing--each book is its own thing.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great last few weeks of summer.

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