Joel D Canfield


Noir. French for black. Noir is dark. Darkly dark. Dark stories about dark souls doing dark things.

My books are introspective noir. Literary noir. A lighter shade of dark.

The stories touch on darker themes. Betrayal. Our own gut-wrenching fears. Family. (Yes, family. You’ll see.) Depression.

Touch, not dwell. The people in my mysteries share the same shadows we all suffer. The stories shine lights, letting us see why the darkness doesn’t have to win.

They’re about people, not puzzles.

Best Beloved and I live on a lake in northern Wisconsin with our Little One. And geese. Lots of geese.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the far frozen north of Wisconsin, but after living in the country for 8 years my family moved to


We managed a year in Los Angeles before we moved to the relative quiet of San Diego in 1969.

As a result of that displacement from living far out in the Wisconsin Big Woods (where Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books began) to the middle of LA, I'm semi-reclusive and can't stand disruption and unnecessary noise.

My books, though convoluted stories about damaged people, won't leave you feeling drained, exhausted. I'd rather convey some of the peace I have now that we're back in the woods of Wisconsin, living at the edge of a quiet lake.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After carrying a great first line around in my head for 20 years, since long before writing my first book, I sat down January 31st and typed it into a blog post. And kept going for 1,000 words that day.

And 1,000 the next.

Every single day for 5 weeks I wrote between 1,000 and 5,000 words. I know story structure, knew the waypoints I had to hit, but I let the details surprise me.
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Where to find Joel D Canfield online

Where to buy in print


A Still, Small Voice
Series: Phil Brennan. Pre-release—available May 2, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Phil Brennan is back, solving another mystery. He kinda wishes he wasn't.
That She is Made of Truth
Series: Jesse Donovan. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,350. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
The day his dream career ends, Jesse Donovan reconnects with an old flame. All he has to do to live happily ever after is abandon everything he’s ever believed in.
Into the Fog
Series: Irish Adventure, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,600. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
In this sequel to Through the Fog, the two living O'Quinn brothers are back, luring Web Martin into another Irish adventure. With an Irish police officer for a girlfriend and a security specialist as his best friend, Web has no doubt they can sort out what the O’Quinns are really up to without getting in over their heads. You'd think he'd know better by now.
A Long, Hard Look
Series: Phil Brennan. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,610. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A short, fat banker. A willowy, buxom blonde. Phil Brennan's client is the former. He prefers the latter — until he gets to know her. She and her family back Brennan into a corner. His only way out is to choose between truth and love. With this family, there's a third choice, just for good measure: death.
The Time is Now 11:59 -- Heretical Thinking for Tomorrow's Business
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,560. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal success
11:59 thinking means that it’s time to act. It recognizes that our world is badly broken, and there's a lot to do to set it right. Urgency, but not panic. The stance is focused, purposeful. It means casting off our Limiting Beliefs and going for the brass ring, not the common iron ones. 11:59 means showing up. Not just once. Again and again and again.
Permission Granted
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,890. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
I've waited my whole life for someone to give me permission to create art, to do the things I wanted to do. Here's the thing: you don't need anyone's permission. Stop waiting for someone to discover you and proclaim your genius and take responsibility for what you've wanted to do all along. You do not need anyone's permission to be you. You don't have any choice: why are you fighting it so hard?
Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box (Because You Know You Want to Write a Book)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,320. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art - how to
You don’t need anyone’s permission to write a book. In the past, writers waited to be picked by the gatekeepers who decided whether you were allowed to become an author. That’s no longer the case. Right now the tools, equipment and information necessary to write and publish your own book are available. With a little effort and know-how, you can publish your book at no cost whatsoever.
Through the Fog
Series: Irish Adventure, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,800. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
An amnesiac is pursued through the wilds of west Ireland accompanied by a beautiful woman who may or may not be his friend. As flickers of memory return they only add to his confusion. A light mystery that’s more about people than puzzles. Includes 50 black & white photographs by the author.
You Don't Want a Job
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,320. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
Self-employment reduces your risks and increases your rewards. This book explains why.

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