Meet the passionate
YA Author, Patti Larsen

About me, huh? Well, my official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? I’m a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud I have to write them down. I love sports, even though they don’t love me. I’ve dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon.

But always, always, writing books calls me home.

I’ve had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It’s the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands… thank you for reading.

As for the rest of it, I’m short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and five massive cats.

How long have you been writing?

I grew up in a family of readers, my father a huge science fiction and fantasy fan. When I turned twelve, I got my hands on my very first young adult novel, a Nancy Drew adventure. I read it rapidly, devoured it in a few short hours, my mind used to material far older and probably inappropriate for someone of my age and overactive imagination. The moment I was done, I told my parents I was going to write a book of my own. Of course! It seemed so simple…

My mother smiled but my father went out and bought me a typewriter.

Why Young Adult?

I didn’t know what I was missing when I started writing. I naturally drifted back into what I was used to–sci-fi and fantasy. I spent years penning tales in those genres but it never quite felt right to me. I forgot about that Nancy Drew adventure in favor of the books my father loved.

It wasn’t until my niece handed me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that I was reintroduced to Young Adult. And from the moment I started reading, it clicked.

Yes. Yes. This is what was missing. Reading that book woke up the voices, and I’ve had a pack of impatient teenagers in my head ever since.

How can you write so freaking fast?

I often say I’ve been saving up for years, that the voices are so loud, the stories so clear  it’s impossible to go slowly. But honestly, I have a system, one I teach, called Get Your Book Done. I use a very specific method I’m constantly tweaking, allowing me to get in clear touch with my creative side. The trick then is to slow down, not speed up.

Favorite stuff?

Cats and horses (actually, most anything with fur and four feet :-)  ), chocolate in all forms, sitting in the sun, the color blue, really good books, butter chicken curry, action movies, hot baths on cold nights, swimming, talking over new ideas with old friends and golf.

Just kidding. I hate golf.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Um, well. Think about writing. Talk about writing. Plot new books to write, read what others are writing… oh dear.