A new chapter in Kingston:

    How a New York writer found inspiration on a trip to Canada

    In the throes of her second novel, New York City-based writer Laura Stampler found herself feeling stuck—her mind spinning from all the hours she’d spent at home outlining plot twists and character arcs. Realizing she’d have to step out of her comfort zone in order to channel her book’s protagonists (one of whom is a ghost), Laura decided to seek fresh inspiration in a new place. With a quick internet search, Laura learned about Kingston—a small town in the province of Ontario that’s been called the most literary city in Canada. Esteemed authors have set books there, an estimated 300 authors live in the area, and each year, the Kingston WritersFest brings together minds from all over to foster their craft. Laura packed her bag and was on her way.

    Upon landing in Kingston, Laura met up with local author and professor Sarah Tsiang. Together, they explored the town’s rich history, gorgeous waterways, and delectable cuisine. In this new setting, Laura got the inspiration she needed to more deeply connect to her characters and she left with new confidence to put the finishing touches on her book.

    Laura Stampler's first book LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES (Simon Pulse) is in bookstores now; her second novel NEARLY DEPARTED is forthcoming from Disney Book Group.