Larissa Larsen was born in Chicago Illinois. She has a Master Degree in Education and specializes in developing character and value literature for children.
She has a great passion for creating curriculum which engages children through the creative arts.
Her stories and developmentally challenging texts have been used internationally to promote imaginative 21st century learning skills through story-telling.
Larissa believes in engaging the whole child. Her publishing company Enso reflects her philosophy of lessons of wisdom through the eyes of global understanding and respect.
Larissa now resides in New Orleans LA with her family and pet Yorkie Brad Warren.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration to write is inborn. I have been dreaming and creating stories since I was a small child. I have written poetry, music, stories, dramas, and plays for many years. It comes naturally to me to sit and have a conversation through the art of storytelling. Everyday life and the wonder of the ordinary are my greatest inspiration to create stories that enrich and educate the lives of youngsters.
Tell us about your writing process
II begin with a word or phase that comes to my mind. I write as my mind leads me. I let the characters develop a life of their own. I have become a great observer and use these observations in a daily diary. LiveJournal is my favorite form of beginning the writing process. The characters tell the story themselves. I am just the messenger.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Definitely. I may have three conclusions to a story. I also use many of my own students (I am an educator) as models. Basing characters on people or familiar surrounds help me make decision as to which way my tale will take me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing can give an individual an opportunity to express themselves and be successful without having to go through a very difficult learning curve. Writing and creating your story can be time consuming and very frustrating. I continue to practice as an educator. This gives me the opportunity to work on my craft and see it come to fruition.
The learning curve is not as steep as one perceives to publish works independently.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe we are on the brink of a new frontier. Digital storytelling will be growing exponentially. Technology may never fully replace traditional publishing but it is a tremendous adjunct to a new frontier in communcation.
What genres do you write:: Children & Youth
What formats are your books in: eBook, Print
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