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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. You can find out about the book here and read the first chapter here. I am the fiction editor of carte blanche, the online literary journal published by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. My day job is communications advisor with the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at  Concordia University. 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.

I’ve been a freelance writer for The Edmonton Journal and the warehouse, writing on psychogeography, oil, eco-gardening, and other exciting topics. My interviewees have included Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, author and former Rolling Stone editor James Howard Kunstler, and Shawn Micallef of Spacing Magazine. You can see a selection of what I’ve written here. I sometimes blog at Art Threat and the Paltry Sapien.

Prior to my current job with Concordia, my communications work took me to McGill University, National Film Board of Canada, Bath Fitter, the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, and the Alberta Liberal Opposition.

Some of my favourite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky, J.M. Coetzee, Michel Houellebecq and Knut Hamsun.  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 one hastily-conceived tweet per day. I was re-tweeted by Margaret Atwood once.

To reach me directly, email laurencemiall@gmail.com