**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Larissa Reinhart
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Hi Karen, Thanks so much for having me on your Killer Book Bench!
I hail from a tiny Midwestern farming village but have lived in the South for most of my adult life, except for when my husband and I were living in Japan. We’ve got two gorgeous daughters adopted from China and a Cairn terrier named Biscuit who keep us busy running to soccer, gymnastics, and piano lessons. (The girls not Biscuit). I used to teach high school history and also taught English in Japan before becoming a mom. When the girls went to school full time, we were living in Japan and that’s when I started writing again. Now we’re back in Georgia and I’m still writing. If I’m not writing or driving kids around, I’m reading. Or sleeping. Sometimes I clean and cook. I wish that were a hobby.
1. How did you get started writing?
It started with lists of words when I was four and progressed into full blown stories. In elementary school I wrote little books and magazines and sold them door to door to neighbors and won a national writing award. In high school I had a column on our local paper and wrote stories during typing class (probably other classes, too, but I took Typing I and II for that reason). In college, I started in journalism, discovered boys, and didn’t end up writing again for twenty years. Dang boys. Lucky I married him.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
My stories are character driven, so genre is difficult for me. I like mysteries and romance and combinations thereof, but if I was called to write something different I’d write it. PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY is a humorous mystery with a heavy dose of romance. Is that a genre? Actually my editor said it’s considered an amateur sleuth mystery. I also have a romantic suspense with paranormal elements. And I’m about to write a multi-cultural romance. I think that’s what you’d call it. I’ll have to ask my editor to be sure. 🙂
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I have all these characters and story ideas in my head just begging to cut loose on a page and when I let them it just feels magical. I’m a pantser (I write by the seat of my pants), so I don’t always know what’s going to happen. I love the surprises!
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Writer’s butt, probably. Just kidding, but not really. I have to spend a long time in my chair to get to a point where the words are flowing.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I really have no idea. I’ll see a scene with my heroine and the idea will ferment until I know my characters and the inciting incident that kicks off the story. For example, I knew my character Cherry Tucker and could imagine her family, her sort-of ex-husband, and the hero, Luke, but had no idea what the story would be about. Then my father died and after attending his funeral, the idea of an artist having to paint a coffin portrait popped in my head. PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY was born.
6. What is your typical day like?
I laugh at the word typical. I have elementary school kids, so if they’re in school I try to write all morning until I pick them up at 2:30. Then I try to hop back on the computer after they go to bed. Notice I say try and not do. l wish I could do without try!
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I love writing action scenes. I think description is hard for me. And endings. I like my characters to always be in conflict, so resolving the conflict is hard. I don’t want to end it. And I don’t like to slow the pace and talk about the scenery. But both are necessary, right? If not, I’ll skip those parts.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I’m finishing up the next Cherry Tucker mystery, STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, which should be available in the spring. I also have a romantic suspense about a half-gypsy fortune teller that I’m hoping to have published soon. It’s a lot different than the Cherry Tucker mystery series and was a lot of fun to write.
Links to Larissa Reinhart’s website, blog, books, etc.
When I’m not writing about southern fried chicken, I write about Asian fried chicken at my blog about life as an ex-expat at theexpatreturneth.blogspot.com.
My writing friends and I also chat weekly about books on the Little Read Hens Facebook page. You can find me chatting on Facebook; Twitter; and Goodreads. I also loves pinning on Pinterest. My character, Cherry Tucker has her own Pinterest site now, too, for her love of DIY clothing, art, and Southern food. You can also find more information on my website at larissareinhart.com.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Larissa and her release, PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!