About Karl Wiebe
I call Calgary, Alberta, Canada home. Although I was born in Toronto, I grew up in Calgary in the 1980s. I won a couple of creative writing contests in junior high and realized that I really enjoy writing. I also strive to be funny. This comes in handy when I see people laughing and pointing at me—hey, they must know I'm a writer! (That's what I am going to tell myself anyway.) My family and friends have been huge supporters of my writing over the years and I truly appreciate their support!
What Have I Written?
I wrote my first novel called Horizons in 2001. It was a lot of work. Starting a novel is easy, but actually writing the whole thing is definitely a labour of love. There are many other, more exciting things to do, such as playing sports, spending time with loved ones, or staring at the wall. I enjoy writing non-fiction as well; in 2003 I wrote "This Is Not A Hoax", a book about internet urban legends. In 2004 I wrote "Truth On Trial", which is a series of essays about the paranormal, questions about life and death, and profiles of people who believe some less-than-popular held beliefs.
I have written over 100 articles for the Calgary Flames and Calgary Hitmen for their gameday magazines & website. I have also written articles for other websites covering a wide range of subjects, from concert reviews to money & investing.
Recently I have written a humour book called Dealing With Idiots: Everyday Inspiration For Putting Up With People. A also wrote a humour novel called First And Life: My Year As A High School Football Player.
What Do I Do Besides Write?
I live close to the Rocky Mountains, so I like to hike at least a few times a year. (I prefer trails that are well-travelled by slow walkers so the chances of being eaten by grizzly bears are low.) I recently bought a house, so many hours have been spent doing renovations and yard work instead of spending quality time with friends and family.