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.
I am co-editor of carte blanche, the online magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. By day, I work as Director of Public Affairs and Audience Engagement with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. I live with my beautiful and talented wife, Monika, in the neighbourhood of Pointe-St.-Charles. We have a cat called Banchi who is a lovable rogue.
Some of my favourite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky, J.M. Coetzee, Michel Houellebecq, Elena Ferrante, Knut Hamsun, and Thomas Bernhard. I am crazy about the short stories of Mavis Gallant.
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 at gmail.com.
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