Get Lost in a Story Readers: Larissa Reinhart knows Southern. She knows art and fun and how to write appealing hunky love interests. She writes quirky, loveable characters and a darn fine mystery. Please welcome Larissa Hoffman as she promotes book two of her Cherry Tucker mystery series.
ABOUT STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW :
Cherry Tucker’s in a stew. Art commissions dried up after her nemesis became president of the County Arts Council. Desperate and broke, Cherry and her friend, Eloise, spend a sultry summer weekend hawking their art at the Sidewinder Annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off. When a bad case of food poisoning breaks out and Eloise dies, the police brush off her death as accidental. However, Cherry suspects someone spiked the stew and killed her friend. As Cherry calls on cook-off competitors, bitter rivals, and crooked judges, her cop boyfriend get steamed while the killer prepares to cook Cherry’s goose.
“The hilariously droll Larissa Reinhart cooks up a quirky and entertaining page-turner! This charming mystery is delightfully Southern, surprisingly edgy, and deliciously unpredictable." --Hank Phillippi Ryan Mary Higgins Clark, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author
"Reinhart's country-fried mystery is as much fun as a ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a state fair. Her sleuth wields a paintbrush and unravels clues with equal skill and flair. Readers who like a little small-town charm with their mysteries will enjoy Reinhart's series. --Denise Swanson, New York Times Bestselling author of the Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime Store mysteries
"It takes a rare talent to successfully portray a beer-and-hormone-addled artist as a sympathetic and worthy heroine, but Reinhart pulls it off with tongue-in-cheek panache. Cherry is a lovable riot, whether drooling over the town’s hunky males, defending her dysfunctional family’s honor, or snooping around murder scenes." --Mystery Scene Magazine
Also by Larissa Hoffman: PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY. (Book One in the Cherry Tucker Series.
QUESTIONS FOR LARISSA REINHART:
DONNELL: Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Larissa! I’ve read Still life and Portrait of a Dead Guy and loved them both. Cherry Tucker is Southern through and through and one great protagonist. How much is Cherry like Larissa?
LARISSA: Hey Donnell! Thanks so much for having me on GLIAS and thanks for your kind words about Portrait and Still Life. I love this blog and am a fan of your books as well! To answer your question, I am taller than Cherry by two inches, and I am not truly Southern, although I’ve lived in Georgia most of my adult life. I’m also much more cautious and hopefully not as mouthy. I am pretty stubborn, though.
DONNELL: What do you like best about writing a series, and then turn this. What’s the most difficult?
LARISSA: I love revisiting the characters. A series gives you a chance to deepen them, too, particularly the secondary characters. I also like having the chance to extend the mystery of Cherry’s mother’s past over the length of the series. It’s fun dropping hints that will develop into clues in later books. The most difficult is keeping track of everything! I just finished writing #3 and had to do the occasional document search of #1 and #2 for double checking certain “facts”.
DONNELL: When you’re not writing, where will we find you?
LARISSA: With my daughters who are ten and seven. I’m a room mom this year, too, so if it’s a school day and I’m not at my computer, I’m at the school.
DONNELL: What accomplishment, writing or otherwise, would you say you’re most proud of?
LARISSA: Writing wise, I’m so happy to be where I am right now. I have two books and a novella coming out this year. I’m constantly pinching myself. Mainly to stay awake.;) And last year, I was so honored to be nominated for our (RWA Kiss of Death) beloved Daphne du Maurier award. Otherwise, I’m very proud of daughters and my husband. They’ve been so supportive of having the sudden change from 24/7 Mommy to 24/7 Mommy-Writer. I would find the sudden change terribly annoying. It’s been a difficult adjustment for me and they’ve taken it all in stride.
DONNELL: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
LARISSA: Lots of Asian condiments and Duke’s mayo.
DONNELL: Are you organized?
LARISSA: Not in appearance, but in theory.
DONNELL: If Hollywood came to you and said we want to produce your Cherry Tucker series, who do you see playing Cherry Tucker? Luke? Todd? J
LARISSA: Maybe I should ask you this question... I recently watched Jake Gyllenhaal in “End of Watch” (LAPD movie) and thought he’d make a pretty cute Luke. And that Ingo guy on Dancing With the Stars would make an adorable Todd. I can’t think of a Cherry. Someone tiny, blonde, and fierce.
DONNELL: If you could meet anyone past or present, who would it be and why?
LARISSA: I’d love a minute with my dad again. He’d get such a kick out of the series.
And now Larissa, it's your turn to ask readers a question….
LARISSA HOFFMAN: How do you feel about unresolved conflicts in a series, whether they be in the heroine or hero’s love life, family life, or some conflict from their past? I’d also love to know how many readers have heard of Brunswick Stew!
I’ll give away two e-books of Portrait of a Dead Guy to two readers.
Thanks, Larissa for joining us today!
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STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW:
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