Individual Author Record
Steve was a resident of Quincy, Illinois, from 1992 to 2009.
Biographical and Professional Information
Steve Wiegenstein is an academic scholar of utopian movements, a published fiction writer, and a fourth-generation native of the Ozarks. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he published Ozark Review, a literary journal, while working as a newspaper reporter. His short fiction has been published in Southern Humanities Review, Louisiana Literature, Nebraska Review, Oxford Magazine, and others. He currently serves as president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. His debut novel, Slant of Light, was published in April 2012 by Blank Slate Press of St. Louis.
- Slant of Light, Blank Slate Press , 2012
Titles At Your Library
Slant of Light: A Novel of Utopian Dreams and Civil War (The Daybreak Series)
Blank Slate Press. 2012
Set during the brink of the Civil War, this beautifully written novel traces James Turner, a charming, impulsive writer and lecturer Charlotte, his down-to-earth bride and Cabot, an idealistic Harvard-educated abolitionist as they are drawn together in a social experiment deep in the Missouri Ozarks. Inspired by utopian dreams of building a new society, Turner is given a tract of land to found the community of Daybreak: but not everyone involved in the project is a willing partner, and being the leader of a remote farming community isn't the life Turner envisioned. Charlotte, confronted with the hardships of rural life, must mature quickly to deal with the challenges of building the community while facing her husband's betrayals and her growing attraction to Cabot. In turn, Cabot struggles to reconcile his need to leave Daybreak and join the fight against slavery with his desire to stay near the woman he loves. As the war draws ever closer, the utopians try to remain neutral and friendly to all but soon find neutrality is not an option. Ultimately, each member of Daybreak must take a stand--both in their political and personal lives.
Slant of Light's first chapter was the winner of the "Novels – First Chapter" category in the Green River Writers 2008 competition and was a semifinalist in the William Van Wert Fiction Competition.