Q. What kind of novel are you writing?
XRL These are fictional novels, of course. They fall in the “Drama” category, where I explore events that shape the characters’ life.
Q.When did you start writing? What inspires you?
XRL I started writing a few years ago, mostly short stories. This is my first attempt at writing a book. The trilogy is inspired by life events, some of which I experienced, others I witnessed, and things I heard.
Q. Why a trilogy?
XRL I will introduce one character in the first book and he will be the connection between the three books. The trilogy is the story of three women who come from Russia to United States at different stages of their life. We follow their story in each of three books.
Q. Why did you chose Russia?
XRL I find this country very interesting, full of contradictions. Life is very difficult for the average citizen, yet, it probably counts the highest number of billionaires in the world, after the United States.
Q. When do you find time to write?
XRL I find time on evenings and week-end. I spend a lot of time thinking about the story. I get ready and just write.
Q. Every writer has a favorite spot to write. Where is yours?
XRL I write in my living room. I light a few candles. I listen to music with the TV on, but with no sound. I can sit down for a few hours at the time, just writing.
Q. You have started the second book. How is it coming along?
XRL I have started. I have probably 20% done. I am targeting to get done on December 1. We will then go through the editing process, which will take a few months. This would mean that we would publish in March 2015 at the earliest.
Q. What does your initials stand for?
Xavier is a French name, which celebrates my French heritage. R. is my middle name that connects me to reality. Leblanc is a name that comes from Canada.