Saturday, 09 December 2017 05:34

Picture Butte native explores new territory with her debut fiction novel Lucid World

Written by  Demi Knight
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It’s a Lucid World for one southern Albertan writer, with the release of her new science-fiction novel this year.

Denise Lammi, a native to Lethbridge and resident of Picture Butte during her childhood years, explored the influence of illogical fear on human behavior in her compelling new novel Lucid World. 
With a strong tie to her roots and an imagination to explore a world unknown, Lammi's first novel pays homage to the place she grew up in while examining new age thought and science fiction to create an explosive first book in the young adult genre. 
"I wrote in the 'young adult' genre because I thought it was the best platform to facilitate an entertaining and inspirational story," says Lammi on her debut novel within the genre.
"I created the fictional world, so I could explore the influence of illogical fear on human behavior. In the story, behavior related to unwarranted or misdirected fear is referred to as 'khaos'. The opportunity to combine imagination and logic was irresistible." 
In the novel, the young protagonist Morgan, a southern Albertan teen is faced with a sudden out of world experience that allows her to travel via avatar to a technologically advanced society where she comes to live in a harmonious world underneath a dome. Living in these two worlds at once, Morgan begins to realize new ways from both realities to handle and solve not only her own issues, but the problems others are facing as well. 
However, the novel isn’t solely fiction, as Lammi intricately played upon her own life experiences growing up in the rural suburbs and the people who surrounded her during her childhood while combining it with a deep exploration into what could be — versus what is — to create this coming of age novel. She was born in Lethbridge and raised in Picture Butte and it gave her some interesting perspectives.
"Growing up in Southern Alberta definitely influenced my writing. Many of the story’s scenes and characters are loosely based on places and personalities I recall from my childhood in Picture Butte," says Lammi of how her childhood experiences influenced her writing within her novel. “The people who lived in Picture Butte, and the surrounding area, influenced me in many ways. One being the people were a diverse group. There were farmers, employees, business owners and retirees. There were many different ethnicities; some were first or second generation Canadian.”
Although the novel is partially set within a place that closely resembles her own childhood, southern Alberta is not the only place that Lammi has had the opportunity to call home over the years. After years of studying and working in Lethbridge to become a seasoned Chartered Professional Accountant, Lammi moved west to start a new journey in Vancouver of writing numerous business courses used across the entirety of Canada.
"I attended the University of Lethbridge and graduated with a Bachelor of Management Arts. I articled in Lethbridge and received my designation as a Chartered Accountant. I worked in Lethbridge for several years before I moved to the west coast," says Lammi of her life journey. "A number of things led me to Vancouver. Writing wasn’t actually one of them. However, work and connections in Vancouver did lead me to writing non-fiction (professional development courses)."
However, Lammi's newest adventure has been that of writing this fiction novel that was released this year, and with tremendously positive reviews, the big-time writer from a small-town in southern Alberta is excited and anxious as the public dive into her Lucid World for the first time.
"I feel thrilled and grateful. I also feel exposed and vulnerable — I trust that these feelings are opportunities for personal growth."

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