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. Her third Cherry Tucker mystery with Henery Press, HIJACK IN ABSTRACT, releases November 5, 2013, following STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW, (May 21, 2013) and PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY (August 28, 2012). Portrait is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, a 2012 The Emily finalist, and a 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. On December 9, 2013, a Cherry Tucker prequel novella, QUICK SKETCH, will launch in the mystery anthology THE HEARTACHE MOTEL.
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.