Larissa considers herself lucky to have taught English in Japan, escaped a ferocious monkey in Thailand, studied archaeology in Egypt, and survived teaching high school history in the US. However, adopting her daughters from China has been her most rewarding experience. After moving around the Midwest, the South and Japan, she now lives in Georgia with her husband, daughters, two frogs, two fish, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier.
She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. The Cherry Tucker Mystery series with Henery Press begins with PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (August 28, 2012), a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, (May 21, 2013), HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (November 5, 2013), and DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (June 24, 2014) follow. The Cherry Tucker novella, QUICK SKETCH, in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL (December 10, 2013) is a prequel to Portrait.
The Long Story:
The love of writing began early for Larissa, culminating in high school with a column on the local paper. However, working at a newspaper office helped her to discover that although she loved making up stories, she didn't particularly enjoy writing journalism. After graduating from Orion High School, she experimented with different majors at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) finishing in four years with a B.A. in History and minor in Anthropology.
With a quick wedding to her college sweetheart, they moved to Madison to attend graduate school at University of Wisconsin in Art History. Larissa realized with two art history degrees, she and her husband would never find jobs in the same state, let alone city, so she tried her hand at a degree in art, had another epiphany that she wasn't artist material, and switched into a teaching program, gaining her teacher's certificate in Secondary Social Studies at University of Missouri, St. Louis. Later, she added a certificate to teach Gifted and Talented. With various odd jobs in between, Larissa taught English in Yokohama and later in Kameoka, Japan. Upon returning to Georgia, Larissa taught World History, Gifted World History, Psychology, and Sociology at Sandy Creek High School, in Tyrone, Georgia.
In 2004, she and her husband adopted their first daughter from China, and Larissa devoted herself to being a full-time mom. A second adoption followed in 2006. In 2010, she and her family returned to Japan to live in Nagoya for two years. At that time, she began writing again and completed two manuscripts, which she brought back to the US. The second manuscript was Portrait of a Dead Guy, contracted by Henery Press in February 2012.
She also spends time chatting with her Henery Press buddy, LynDee Walker, and their street team, the Mystery Minions.
Professional photos by Scott Asano