A long, action-packed road brought me to novels. There was a fling with Cornell’s Ph.D program in English that got me an M.A. in Theater instead. There was a longer and much sexier run through alternative journalism, from the East Village Eye in New York to the L.A. Weekly in Los Angeles. At the Weekly I mostly reviewed movies, but also covered theater, performance art, music, books, local events, politics — and ended up with a regular column called “Weird Sister.” At some point I got exhausted with movies and newspapers; they were already tired of my act for sure. It pushed me to write a novel, The Ticket Out, a murder story based on my experiences as a Hollywood fringe-dweller. That was followed by a wild ride through domestic apocalypse and local public radio; but the second novel was equally personal. I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian oil business, and Knodes have worked in oil since the nineteenth century. This history inspired Wildcat Play, a warm hello and goodbye to a family tradition and grassroots American oil.
Agent: Nat Sobel
Sobel Weber Associates