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Book cover of Wheat Fields, by author Bill Sampson.

Introducing A New Novel

from author Bill Sampson

Wheat Fields  . . . an alluring story of unexpected love and clashing cultures set in America’s rural heartland, Lawrence, Kansas, home of Kansas University and its celebrated NCAA Champion Jayhawk basketball team. 

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​Ardent fans of KU's basketball prowess will love Bill Sampson's new novel. But Wheat Fields is more than a compelling sports story.  Sampson's novel also explores such perennial on-campus topics as student romance and academic jealousy, including a colleague's desire for revenge against one of the university's most popular professors.

  -- Bill Tuttle, Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Kansas

Wheat Fields is a wonderful book filled with engaging characters brought to life by witty, literate, but accessible and engaging prose. And while there are so many reasons to love this book, as a lawyer, I was simply blown away by Bill’s description of the academic proceeding where a charismatic and talented professor is forced to defend himself against charges of misconduct.

-- Walt Cofer, formally with Shook, Hardy & Bacon and one of the nation’s premier trial lawyers

Photo of author, William (Bill) Sampson, author of the novel Wheat Fields.

Meet The Author


Bill Sampson received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kansas before serving four years active duty as a Navy Judge Advocate.

Returning to the Midwest, he enjoyed a successful career in the courtroom, achieving partnership at two prestigious law firms. He shared his skills in the classroom as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law and a Seminar Instructor in the KU Honors Program.


Bill retired from the legal profession in December of 2021. He lives in Lawrence with his wife, Dru. Their three children and seven grandchildren live in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Moscow, Idaho.  Wheat Fields is his first novel.

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