Welcome: Larissa Reinhart
December 3, 2012
A little about Larissa …
Larissa began her writing career in second grade when she sold her first publication to a neighbor for a nickel. After moving around the Midwest, Japan, and the South, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier. She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, A Cherry Tucker Mystery #2, releases in May 2013.
The Best Part of the Writing Life: Readers
Before I became a writer, I imagined writers spent most of their day as recluses, typing away at their computer or typewriter, with the occasional flight to New York to meet with their editor and agent. My imagination was limited by authors portrayed in movies and books. That sounded great to me. I’d get to live in my little fantasy world with a fun trip to New York every once in a while.
Now I know the writing life does mean spending most of my day in my house, typing away at the computer, but much of the typing is done on emails, blogs, and Facebook. It’s a very social seclusion. I’ve yet to meet my editor, and she’s not in New York anyway. However, I’m perfectly content to communicate with her by email, because that means I can wear my Packers t-shirt and my comfy yoga pants and not shower. Which is why I don’t support video chat.
Now that I’ve experienced the true life of a writer — marketing, marathon editing sessions, and leftovers for dinner — what is it that I enjoy the most? I certainly gain great satisfaction in the writing itself, the magical discovery of how characters think and react in given situations. I spend a lot of time thinking about the characters and stories and derive great joy from the Aha! moments when the pieces start to fall together.
One of the more surprising pleasures I’ve had since becoming a writer is the friendships I’ve gained with other writers. I might not leave my house much, but I think I’ve become more social. My husband can’t believe it. I giggle a lot when reading my emails and snigger as I chat on Twitter. I have literal LOLs.
But probably the most unexpected pleasure I get from writing is from the readers. I am touched when readers send me personal messages about parts of PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY they are reading. I even like it when they argue with the choices Cherry Tucker makes in the book. I love hearing readers’ interpretations of the characters and their motivations. I find it fascinating when my mother’s friends tell me which of the three men in my book they think is the sexiest.
Having a connection with readers is amazing. I’ve always loved chatting about books. Chatting about a book I know intimately is a special kind of pleasure. And having people who like something I wrote, who like characters like Cherry Tucker, is the best feeling in the world. So, I am flabbergasted to say that for me, the best part about writing is socializing.
In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge — but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival.
As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Her rival wants to ruin her reputation, her ex-flame wants to rekindle the fire, and someone’s setting her up to take the fall. Mix in her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.
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A final word (enticement!) from Larissa
I’d like to encourage readers to enter my giveaway contest. Up for grabs is an e-copy of PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, book one of the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series. Leave a comment and you’re automatically entered. Include your email addy so I can get in touch with you should your name be selected at random. The winner will be announced on my blog (http://theexpatreturneth.blogspot.com/) on December 11, 2012. Good luck!