Patti Larsen is the second author in my April “All About Attitude” month. Why do I love this woman? Many reasons. Firstly, she lives in a part of Canada I have never been to – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Given that, I connected with her pretty early on—a fellow Canadian, and a VERY COOL one at that. Then, I discovered her writing. It’s quick-witted, saucy, and funny. Actually, not just funny – I mean Funneeeeee with a capital “F.” Lastly, I found out we have something in common. Like me, she worked in a different field before she took up writing. She was a hairdresser for 15 years. I believe it – she’s got an amazing head of hair. Even more reasons to love her!
She is fearlessly original, and her writing is built on a solid foundation of common sense. As if this winning formula is not enough, she also injects the occasional sarcastic quip (okay, maybe more than occasional!). Needless to say, her writing has me in stitches at times, and who doesn’t need a big belly laugh once in a while? She has an amazing blog where she muses on publishing and a whole host of other writerly topics—Read it, you’ll love it!
This woman is beautiful and she can write like nobody’s business. To me, that’s a winning combination. Please offer a very warm welcome to the phenomenal, Patti Larsen.
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Patti writes a lot of middle grade and YA paranormal books for someone who is afraid of the dark. And she wonders why she has to sleep with the lights on. Sometimes life is a teenaged B horror movie and she’s the one who investigates when the scary music is playing. But the voices are calling and resistance is… Yes. She is a Star Trek geek, too. And a fan of RPG’s. With a slight coolness factor since she plays roller derby when she’s not breaking bones (hello, Crasherella). At least, she likes to think she’s cool…
Cat City (Middle Grade)
Susan loves Tucker. But he’s no ordinary cat. He risks everything to save her from the evil rats, including the safety of his beloved home. She joins forces with him to combat not only the attacking rodent army but the feline traitors who have their own plans for Cat City.
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Curiosities, Inc. (Young Adult)
An enchanted ring propels sixteen-year-old Danica Harper into a world she never knew existed, a world of telepaths and spirits and things that go bump in the night. But when her newly awakened power attracts the attention of a demon who wants to use her to take over the human plane, Danny’s very soul is at risk. Her only hope is that the group of gifted kids who have befriended her can muster enough power to save her life.
Available at: LULU
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Fresco (YA Paranormal) – Etopia Press, Summer 2011
The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House – Acorn Press, Spring 2012
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Inside Patti Larsen’s Mind
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Awesome. Yikes. Whoop. Awesome. Cool. No worries. Did I mention awesome? Dear God, I’m a cliché.
What turns you on creatively? Trust. In the process. In my ideas. The voices in my head. Did I say that out loud?
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Making money while writing. On a beach. With a cabana boy. Hmmm. Pardon me.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Passion for what he does. I can’t stand apathy.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Action. Doers do it for me. It makes me want to work with them.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Ooh, ooh! Is superhero a profession? No? Roller derby queen? Actually, I write for TV and film as well as novels so I guess that’s my second choice. Wait! Rock star! Damn… it’s so hard to choose.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Chocolate. But only if I could taste myself.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Finally committing to the life I’m supposed to live despite fear, money worries and judgment. And never looking back.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Whining about not doing what they want. Honestly, just freaking do it already.
What is your present state of mind? Schizophrenic. You caught me writing.
What is your favorite curse word? Fuck, definitely. Sometimes mother-fucker. Is that hyphenated? I always have problems with punctuating swear words. But fuck does the job, mostly.
What is your motto? Trust the Universe. I have it tattooed on my foot so I’ll never forget.
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