I Can’t Breathe! Novel Western News Interview

Last week while I was in Hayden, Idaho, Justin Steck, news reporter for The Western News, Libby, Montana’s newspaper, interviewed me regarding my novel, I Can’t Breathe! I enjoyed the process, and he put together an interesting article that I want to share with others. He and his editor, Matt Bunk, have agreed to let me put the article on my website. I encourage readers to check out The Western News for timely stories of interest, not only in Montana, but also across the country. In Libby and Lincoln County, this paper is an important way to keep the community connected within the town and county—and with the rest of the world. The Western News is both in print and online.

Former resident writes fictional book about Libby
Posted: Friday, February 20, 2015 8:56 am | Updated: 9:04 am, Fri Feb 20, 2015.
Justin Steck The Western News

H.M. Bowker planned on writing a book about three of her fellow students from Libby High School. A 1961 graduate, Bowker wanted to tell a story about how kids from a small Montana community can chart their own course to success. Continue reading

I Can’t Breathe! A Theme of Abuse

W.R. Grace plant smoke spreading tremolite asbestos dust over Libby, MontanaWelcome to the I Can’t Breathe! website. This mystery novel takes place in Libby, Montana in 1958, specifically with other Northwest communities and rural areas including Kalispell, Missoula, Eureka, areas in between—and Canada. I grew up in Libby, and I have enjoyed writing about familiar territory.

The theme of abuse runs through this novel. Corporate abuse: the Zonolite Mining Company provided asbestos ore to many other companies and made billions of dollars yearly. The company took the shortest route to profits by omitting safe working conditions for the mining employees. Exposure to asbestos resulted in several painful illnesses and death for the miners, their families, the community of Libby, and literally millions of consumers of asbestos products throughout the world. Continue reading