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I am a Montreal-based writer, born and raised in the United Kingdom. My finishing school was an 18-year sojourn in Edmonton, Alberta, where I obtained a degree in political science, with a minor in French. I have worked as a knife seller, a debt collector, and a political spin doctor, among other things.

Blind Spot, my first novel, was released in September 2014 with the western-Canadian publisher, NeWest Press. The Montreal Gazette called it a “breath of fresh air” and Quill and Quire described it as a “memorable story… made all the more powerful by its honesty and restraint.”  Find out more. I am currently working on a second novel.

Along with Ben Spencer, I am the co-editor of carte blanche, the online literary journal published by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. By day, I ply my trade in strategic communications and media relations. I live with my beautiful and talented wife in the neighbourhood of Pointe-St.-Charles. We have a cat called Banchi who is a lovable pain in the ass.

Some of my favourite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky, J.M. Coetzee, Michel Houellebecq, Knut Hamsun, Lynn Coady and the late Sue Townsend.  I am crazy about the short stories of Mavis Gallant and Cristina Peri Rossi.

You can follow me on Twitter. I try to be prolific, averaging about two hastily-conceived tweets per day.

To reach me directly, email laurencemiall@gmail.com.