Sage's debut novel tells the  story of an abused young man who finally finds happiness with two itinerants living on a small sailboat only to lose everything when he gets indicted for receiving child pornography.

Red City Review's Best Debut Novel of 2018

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Martin Brown Publishers
The Unremarkable Circumstances of
Inmate 17656-090

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Sage Webb spent over a decade in federal criminal defense before turning to

fiction, and this professional background informs her literary work. Her debut

novel, The Unremarkable Circumstances of Inmate 17656-090 (Martin Brown 2018),

explores issues of mass incarceration, mental health, childhood trauma, and

sentencing policy. Red City Review named the book Best Debut Novel in its 2018

Book Awards. For short stories, Sage has received a number of awards, including

second place in the 2017 Hackney Literary Awards, semi-finalist status in

Ruminate Magazine’s 2018 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, and a place on the

short list for the 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize. Her work

has appeared in (or is forthcoming in) the Birmingham Arts Journal, Outside the

Window (a Texas anthology of short fiction), the Ocotillo Review, Life Is Good

Magazine, and Notre Dame’s Grotto Network. In nonfiction, she received honorable

mention in Flyway’s 2017 Notes from the Field Contest, her legal scholarship

has appeared in law reviews and bar journals, and she has taught legal writing (and numerous other legal seminars) for bar associations. After enjoying a life in public defense, she founded a commercial-and-legal research and writing firm and now serves a non-profit

organization as Vice President of Content Strategy and Publications. She is an

active-level member of International Thriller Writers and a professional member of

PEN America. Sage and her husband live on a fifty-year-old wooden trawler in

Galveston Bay with a ship’s cat named Ines and Jackson, the boat dog.


Life Up Till Now:
Born in Chicago, Sage grew up in Tijuana after her dad opened a maquiladora there.  Following seven years of homeschooling, she attended high school in San Diego County.    
After spending some time coaching sailing, she earned her undergraduate degree in history in Hawai`i.  Then, quite unprepared for the snow, she headed east for law school, and earned her J.D. magna cum laude in the Midwest.  
For more than eight years, she served the Federal Public Defender's Office.  When she left the government to start her own practice and research-and-writing firm, she moved to the Gulf Coast.
She has rock climbed, shot archery, sailed, and danced competitively.  In her efforts to catch that horizon, she has lived on small sailboats and in RVs, participated in a medical-supply mission to Cuba, and led yoga retreats in Central America.  
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