Paul Enns Wiebe

Biography

Paul Enns Wiebe was a professor of comparative religion until he was converted to the joys of (mostly comic, mostly satirical) fiction. Born and reared in the Idaho outback, he has lived in Newton (KS), Atlanta, Chicago, Wichita, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Gig Harbor (WA), and Upland (CA). He now resides in Fort Collins (CO) with his wife Elly.

Smashwords Interview

What books have you written?
My first book was a translation of the great Protestant theologian Paul Tillich's earliest book. My second was a theory of religion called The Architecture of Religion. Then I started writing novels. I recently found a very early novella I'd forgotten about, tentatively titled Captain Ahab's Club. After that I wrote a coming-of-age novel, recently retitled Crazy Were We in the Head, which I followed with Just Another Dead White Male, about the rift between men and women. Then it was on to The Church of the Comic Spirit. After that I did one now titled The First American Pope. As of this date (August, 2018) all these have been published. I have three others in my queue: Dancing Over the Rays of Light (an experimental novel about a man who wakes up one morning in a retirement home with no idea who he is), Sacred Books & Sky Hooks (a detective novel about a man who investigates the "revelations" reported by Corky Ra, Joseph Smith, and Paul), and Hotel Adios (about a woman who inherits a hotel and starts a round table consisting of four men who become robots and engage in such activities as running for president).
What are your favorite fiction books?
Tristram Shandy (Sterne), Emma (Austen), Bleak House (Dickens), Huck Finn (Twain), Joyce's Portrait, At Swim-Two-Birds (Flann O'Brien), My Name Is Aram (Saroyan), A Good Man is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor), Lolita (Nabokov), All Passion Spent (Sackville-West), and Forty Stories (Barthelme).
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Books

Sacred Books & Sky Hooks
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,080. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In Sacred Books & Sky Hooks, Paul Enns Wiebe has the audacity to wrap an investigation of three religious founders--Corky Ra, Joseph Smith, the Apostle Paul--within a literary/detective/romance novel and finds the three founders guilty of misrepresentation.
Dancing Over the Rays of Light
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,250. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Dancing Over the Rays of Light plows much the same field as Jonas Jonasson of The 100-Year-Old Man fame and Paul Harding’s Tinkers, though with a distinctive blade. It uses some of the devices of such unconventional story tellers as Flann O’Brien and Don Barthelme. It also has a bit of magic realism in it.
The First American Pope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,100. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Revives the recipe for a picaresque novel. Take a charming rogue of low estate; flavor with a menagerie of companions; put him in a dozen absurd situations; establish him as pope. Then serve as an outsize farce. "Brilliant. Funny. Irresistible." -- the late Jack Cady
Just Another Dead White Male
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,030. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ed Budwieser, a high school English teacher, comes to believe he is Shakespeare reincarnate. His wife and daughter don't believe it. His pastor has serious doubts. Only his grandson maintains a simple, childlike faith.
The Church of the Comic Spirit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,370. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A lecherous fraud appears on a talk show claiming to have had revelations telling him to start a church based on 12 Bible stories, which are retold in the comic vein. Each has its own plot, style, genre, and brand of comedy (wit, satire, parody, sex farce) featuring schemers, rogues, buffoons, fools, and schlemiels. God is often the comic hero, though his character changes from story to story.

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