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, and Biscuit, a Cairn Terrier.
She loves small town characters with big attitudes, particularly sassy women with a penchant for trouble. Her second Cherry Tucker mystery, STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, releases May 21, 2013 (Henery Press). PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (Henery Press, 2012) is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner.
When she's not writing about Southern fried chicken, she writes about Asian fried chicken at her blog about life as an ex-expat at the Expat Returneth.
Professional photos by Scott Asano