About the Author

Author Sarah LaneSarah Lane is a M.A. graduate of the University of British Columbia’s comparative literature program. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Roar Magazine, and Quills: Canadian Poetry Magazine.

She has traveled a lot, from Cameroon to Costa Rica to Scotland to Spain, but she loves France most of all. She learned to speak French as an adult, and she wrote her first novel The God of My Art while teaching English, rock climbing, and mountaineering in the French Alps.

Ms. Lane likes to read across genres. Her influences in writing The God of My Art include Wei Hui, Evelyn Lau, Aline Apostolska, and Marguerite Duras, all of whom have penned fictionalized confessional novels. As the confessional story of a fictional artist, The God of My Art follows in that vein: In recounting the events of her previous year, Helene “confesses” to darker motivations and petty aspirations as she wrestles to give meaning and significance to her actions and life. Ms. Lane has stated that the novel is not autobiographical and that the characters and story are made up, but that as a writer she has struggled with similar questions:

The book is about becoming an artist and the sacrifices that entails. I am not a painter, but I am a writer. I wanted to figure out that strange and awesome urge to create art. Where does it come from?

I also wanted to grapple with the old question of where the balance lies between freedom and responsibility and between necessity, fate, and a lack of choice. I was particularly interested in how class, gender, terrible childhoods, other people’s decisions, and random accidents could influence my characters’ choices and limit their freedom to decide their lives.

Now Ms. Lane is working on a new book: a psychological thriller about a doppelgänger and the madness of salsa dancing. In this story, a young woman tries to break out of her shell by learning to dance only to meet her double, who dances better, who socializes better, who does everything better. It is a psychological literary novel loosely based on the Russian classic The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, but the hallucinatory theme unfolds in the present-day salsa dancing clubs and ballrooms of Vancouver instead of in the nineteenth century setting of St. Petersburg, Russia. You can sign up here to be the first to know when this new novel is released.

Ms. Lane has given a number of interviews about her writing, which you can read here.