Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in Toronto, but now call the Canadian Prairies home.
I am the author of over six novels, including a Children’s colourful series set in the mountains of Banff, Alberta in Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains.
Growing up in one of Canada’s largest multi-cultural cities, gave me the great fortune of be exposed to many different cultures and ways of life. After traveling and living in other cities and countries across Canada and the U.S., the experience of being exposed to people’s differences was hugely appreciated and conjured up stories just waiting to be told. I have been drawn to storytelling and writing since I was very young, spinning tales and stories to my friends and families, creating entertaining evenings and keeping people guessing!
I have been writing general fiction stories for years, never tiring of an extensive imagination from people and my various surroundings. I am a copywriter and small business owner living in the wide-open prairies of Canada, finding inspiration in everyday experiences and my all too colourful imagination.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is THE PHOENIX CODE. It is a follow up novel to The Blackwater Operative. I felt the characters from The Blackwater Operative still had so much to say and do. I envisioned them taking numerous paths and decided that a number of books would probably spring from the starting book. The inspiration for The Phoenix Code came from the events taking place in the world today infused with a dash of my imagination.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I need to have warm, fluffy socks on. Whether it is the summer or winter, I need to feel cozy and comfortable in order to write. And of course, plenty of Earl Grey tea.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many books and authors have inspired me, even the books I did not enjoy. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas along with Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy are two books that have inspired me in my writing.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a follow up murder-mystery novel to Lakers: Murder On The Water. The novel is set in a small Nortwestern Ontario town. Spring brings a thaw to an exceptionally deep, cold winter and along with it the discovery of a body. The identity is unknown but the discovery of the body brings about more danger for this small Northwestern Ontario town.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have been using my own website, www.llabbott.com, to promote and inform readers about my books that are available.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, and don’t be discouraged by what you think others may say. Writing is a progression of your skill and imagination and it can only get better with time.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Enjoy the positive people around you.
What are you reading now?
Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have sketched outlines for five more novels. Once I have completed the murder mystery novel, I am going to be writing a YA Fiction novel, hoping to address many of the conflict issues teens are facing today.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible, Anna Karenina, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Pride and Prejudice