Back in May, I had the pleasure of featuring Larissa Reinhart and her wild and wacky heroine, Cherry Tucker from Still Life in Brunswick Stew on this blog. Today, Larissa is back with the third book in her series, Hijack in Abstract. As I’m writing Lost in Whispers, I’m intrigued – okay nosey – to find out how my fellow authors keep up the momentum with an ongoing cast of characters and their adventures. Larissa shared a few insights.
Q: With Hijack in Abstract, how do you stay fresh as a writer?
A: I try to let the characters do the work. A lot of my thinking is based on WWCTD, What Would Cherry Tucker Do? Followed by WWTVD, What Would the Villian Do, and so on through the cast of characters. It’s a lot more fun that making a list of plot devices. I guess it’s the method acting version of writing.
Q: What are your favorite qualities in Cherry?
A: Cherry Tucker’s loyal, courageous, and willing to put herself on the line for folks other people might scorn. She’s proud of her roots and loves her little hometown. Cherry’s very creative, both in terms of her art and solving mysteries. She cares deeply for others, sometimes making it hard for her to let go and move on. For example, her ex-husband who’s moved in with her. And her ex-boyfriend, who can’t seem to . And her mother. She’s a people collector.
Q: Your least favorite qualities in Cherry?
A: Cherry’s really stubborn. So stubborn that she’ll put herself at a disadvantage to prove a point. She puts herself in unreasonable danger. She doesn’t listen to reason when she thinks she’s right. (I’m quoting her friends and family here). Sometimes she’s snobbish about art, even though she hates snobbery in others. She has commitment issues and abandonment issues, which means she can’t settle down and feel content. But if she settled down, Cherry wouldn’t make such an interesting character.;)
Q: What will happen next?
A: I’m writing book 4 now, DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE. Cherry’s been asked to design original art work for the set of an alien-styled, musical comedy version of Romeo and Juliet by an overeager drama teacher at a posh, private school. He’s also being cyber stalked, as well as other faculty at the school, causing one staff member to commit suicide. Cherry eagerly seeks the phantom stalker while dealing with her own Romeo and Juliet styled tragedy in the making. Another fun ride for me!
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Growing up in a small town, Larissa Reinhart couldn’t wait to move to an exotic city far from corn fields. After moving around the US and Japan, now she loves to write about rough hewn characters that live near corn fields, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. HIJACK IN ABSTRACT is the third in the Cherry Tucker Mystery Series from Henery Press, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (May 2013) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist. QUICK SKETCH, a Cherry Tucker prequel to PORTRAIT, is in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL (December 2013). She lives near Atlanta with her minions and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website larissareinhart.com or find her chatting with the Little Read Hens on Facebook.
Connect with Larissa:
Facebook page: facebook.com/RisWrites
Goodreads author page: goodreads.com/author/show/5806614.Larissa_Reinhart