Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I've been an avid reader my entire life, raised by avid readers.
My home is Prince Edward Island, the smallest province in Canada,
just north of Maine. I'm lucky to be surrounded by creative people,
both in my family and my friends, active in film making, songwriting
and improv acting every chance I get. My dream of being a full-time
writer came true two and a half years ago and I haven't looked back,
running my own Indie publishing company while also working with a
local publisher on a middle grade series.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was raised on hard-core science fiction and fantasy by my very
enthusiastic father, who read me The Lord of the Rings when I was
six. I already had an over active imagination, so you can just
guess the nightmares that gave me! But I'm grateful. I was reading
books I would never have had access to normally, growing my writing
talent with the help of some fantastic authors just by absorbing
When I was twelve, a friend of mine let me borrow one of her young
adult books--I think it was Nancy Drew. I read it in an afternoon,
sucked in by the fact the lead character was a teenager and, when I
finished, told my dad I wanted to be a writer, thinking to myself
I could easily come up with a novel like that one, so simple compared
to what I was used to.
My first book, The Wolf and the Bear, came out of my passion for
fantasy, a collection of short stories I worked on through most
of my teens. But it wasn't until my niece handed me Harry Potter
years later that I found YA all over again--and was inspired to
write my first young adult novel, Family Magic.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in
writing your book?
How easy it was once I understood what I was supposed to be writing.
I finally understood what 'writer's voice' meant--literally, that
connection to the voice of the character, the creative side of my
brain that, when opened up, practically wrote books for me while I
just went along for the ride. It's amazing and still fires me up
every day, allowing me access to characters and stories that still
What has been the best compliment?
Honestly, every time I receive a fan letter, I can't help but smile.
My only wish has been to share my books with as many people as I
possibly can. And when I hear from someone they've devoured a series
and can't wait for more, or that they feel so connected to the main
character they cry when it's over, I want to reach out and hug the
whole world. How awesome is that?
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Honestly, I'm so focused on my work right now, I try to keep outside
things to a minimum. I have a passion for film making, so I do dabble
with the help of my creative partner and producer, Renee Laprise at
Mugisha Enterprises. I also love music and always have, though I don't
get to perform as much as I'd like. Otherwise, I'm a reading fiend,
devouring other people's books with gusto, trying to spend time with
my workaholic husband and my four very darling cats while making sure
I maintain some kind of social life.
About Family Magic: Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter
of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble
is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield
of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to
football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond.
When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact
only her power can save her family’s magic.
About the Author: Patti Larsen is a middle grade and young
adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller
series, The Hunted,is available now. The first five books of
The Hayle Coven Novels, begun with Family Magic, are also out now.
Her YA steampunk series, Blood and Gold, can be found on Amazon,
along with her YA paranormal novel, Best Friends Forever, and
The Diamond City Trilogy. Two of her books (Run, Family Magic)
have been shortlisted for the PEI Book Awards. Her middle grade
novel, The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House (Acorn Press), debuts in
June, 2012. She is a full time writer and a part time teacher of
her Get Your Book Done program. Patti lives on the East Coast of
Canada with her very patient husband and four massive cats.
Thank you for participating in Writer Wednesday Patti!
Wishing you continued success as we anxiously await the release of
The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House.