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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.

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, tentatively called The Expectation.

I have been a freelance contributor of non-fiction for The Edmonton Journal and The Montreal Gazette, and from 2014 to 2017 was an editor at carte blanche,the online magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. By day, I work as Director of Communications with the McConnell Foundation. I live with my beautiful and talented wife, Monika, and our infant daughter, Marlayna, in the neighbourhood of Pointe-St.-Charles.

Some of my favourite contemporary authors are Teju Cole, J.M. Coetzee, Michel Houellebecq, Elena Ferrante, Lynn Coady and Sheila Heti. I love a handful of the past masters, including Fyodor Dostoevsky, Knut Hamsun, and Thomas Bernhard. And 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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