Ran a Background Check on author Larissa Reinhart and you won’t believe what I turned up.
After teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa enjoys writing, particularly sassy female characters with a
penchant for trouble. She lives near Atlanta with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her chatting on Facebook. Death in Perspective is the fourth book in the best selling Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a Daphne du Maurier finalist, Emily finalist, and Dixie Kane Memorial winner.
First real job:
I had a column on my local paper in high school and manned the newspaper office on Saturday mornings. Which meant taking funeral and wedding announcements, with the occasional ad write-up. Not as glamorous as you’d think in a town of 3,000.
Best writing advice:
Write every day.
Before I published I wish someone had told me:
This is a hard question. I’d say to not be in such a hurry to get published and enjoy the writing time, because once you’re published your writing time is divided by marketing and other business, social media, editing, and preparing for launches, etc. But someone did tell me this and I still couldn’t do it.
My morning routine:
Take kids to school and write as much as possible before they get home. Or in the summer, write as much as possible before they wake up. And drink coffee.
On my nightstand:
A lamp. Holy water. A Kindle with 100+ books. A basket with three Agatha Christie’s, a book on Japanese true crime, a Mary Stewart, and a Meg Cabot. And box of kleenex.
Favorite way to decompress:
Read until I fall asleep.
Book I wish I’d written:
A Wrinkle in Time. I still love that series.
My favorite guilty pleasure:
I think all my pleasures are guilty. I carry a lot of guilt. Most of the guilt resides in chips and chocolate. Two things I can’t keep in the house.
If I had more time, I’d:
Write more books in a year.
I can’t start writing till:
I’ve read the scene I had written the day before.
Next on my reading list:
Dorothy Sayers, “The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.”
What’s next for my protag:
The Body in the Landscape. Cherry Tucker’s invited to a Hogzilla hunting contest, to do a kill portrait. Turns out the kill is not Hogzilla. Let’s hope it’s not Cherry
TV show I never miss:
The Walking Dead
Me, in a word:
In Cherry Tucker’s fourth mystery, the curtain rises on Cherry’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh, private Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s been hired to design scenery for an avant garde adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the theater teacher’s hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious bully who’s sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The director’s got his own drama to hide, and the phantom texter seems eager to spill school secrets. When a school secretary’s death is ruled a suicide, Cherry suspects foul play. The phantom bully may be using blackmail to rid the school of unwanted staff, urging a Montague-Capulet styled showdown.
With Deputy Luke Harper wanting to return as Cherry’s leading man, he’s eager to assist her efforts in fingering the phantom culprit, but Cherry fears family secrets may doom them to the role of star-crossed lovers. Offstage, Cherry’s searching for her missing brother who’s fixed on a vendetta against Luke’s stepfamily, so she instead turns to the local, foreign racketeer, Max Avtaikin, for assistance. With the bully waiting for a murderous encore and her own family skeletons to hide, Cherry scrambles to find her brother and the mysterious texter before the phantom decides its curtains for Cherry and forces her to take a final bow.
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