Moments after I finished reading Granville Street by Louis Lamoureux, I decided to reach out to the author and share my heartfelt thoughts about the story.
To say my life has changed would be an understatement. It now seems various times throughout the day, I think of what life must be like for an addict - knowing their life is spiralling out of control but feeling powerless to prevent it from happening.
Reading Granville Street has spurred me to write multiple book reviews as well as a blog post about the perils of addiction. I also reached out to Lamoureux to ask if he might be interested in an author interview, to which he agreed.
What Does Being An Author Mean to You?
Quite simply, Louis said it gave him an opportunity to entertain and speak to people he didn't know. I can certainly attest to that being true for me, as well. With social media it isn't difficult to find people and, for me, some of my richest friendships are with people I first met online, then went on to meet in person.
When Did You Realize You Wanted to Write a Book?
"I have always been interested in writing a novel, but only recently, I also felt I had something to say through the story," stated Louis.
I went on to ask him how long it took him to write and publish his first book, and whether the experience was mostly rewarding or very discouraging and frustrating. This is what he shared: "My first book was a non-fiction book; it took about eight months to complete. My second book was a novel which took about 18 months to complete. The writing experience was completely rewarding; there were not many minutes which I did not enjoy."
I can attest to that being true with my own writing, as well. For me, I become caught up in my characters' lives and cannot help but be interested in what will happen to them. Also, since I never use an outline when writing fiction, instead letting the characters tell me their stories, it always provides the element of surprise which I thoroughly enjoy.
Which Book Is Your Favorite?
Most authors have a favorite book but, for some authors, it is hard to choose one which stands out from the others in some way. Louis had this to say: "My two books are so different. The non-fiction was a work book, and writing it felt like work. The novel was a more enriching experience, and I am proud of the end result." Reading between the lines I would infer that Granville Street gets top billing here.
Who Has Been A Major Source of Inspiration As An Author?
This was Louis' response to my question: "So many. I loved the voice that Jeannette Walls was able to achieve in The Glass Castle. So many horrendous things are happening to the little girl, but the voice is uplifting. The purity and simplicity of the prose of Ernest Hemingway is beautiful. Blake Seller’s, Save the Cat, is great for understanding how a plot should unfold.
Was Granville Street Inspired by True Events?
After contacting Louis immediately after I finished reading Granville Street, I knew the answer to this question. However, I wanted to hear what he would say to you and, in his own words, this is what he decided to share: "Granville Street was, indeed, inspired by actual events. I sometimes say that some of the scenes in the book are fiction, but all the feelings are real. I had a loved one who suffered with Opioid Use Disorder until he passed away. The stigma of that disease is horrendous and contributes to the deaths; I wanted to shine a light on that stigma."
Shine a light he certainly did; it has certainly opened my mind to a whole new way of thinking in terms of substance abuse and addiction.
I Would Love to Hear A Favorite Quote
"The smell of the flowers is killing us all," from the lion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum warned us of the risk of opiates back in 1900 in a children’s book!
What Are Your Future Writing Plans?
Louis admitted to me that he is not currently working on a writing project but assured me he hopes to publish another book someday. In fact, he hopes life will work out that he may be able to devote himself to writing on a full-time basis.
What Does An Average Day Look Like?
Louis spends a fair amount of time working but takes time each day to check his book sales and spend time with his family. When he has an opportunity, he looks forward to writing, skiing and spending time at the lakehouse with his family.
Where Can Louis Lamoureux Be Found Online?
I would like to thank Granville Street's author, Louis Lamoureux, for taking the time to appear here today. It has been a true pleasure and I look forward to catching up with him again at some future point in time - but, before you go, please take a few moments to visit the book review for Granville Street right here at Budden Book Reviews.