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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