Interview with Christine Larsen

Describe your desk
Well... there's the one that's also called my lap and that goes with me in the car and in my lounge chair in the middle of the night. Then there's the one called the kitchen table and that's for when I'm in manual mode, with pencil in hand and recycled paper in front of me - sometimes creating, but most often editing/rewriting.
But the one I spend the most time at is right here at my computer desk - until my eyes hang out on stalks and my trusty fingers start cramping. (This can take hours!)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
If the question had been 'when', facetiously, I would say maybe next decade, because I've only lived seven so far.
But the question is where? Hmm... physically in a South Australian suburb, and mentally and emotionally - by surviving Australian farm life.
Influence? 30+ years ago I crumbled under the pressure of rejections and shelved my writing. Time and Life itself built back my courage and self-belief, and here I am.
When did you first start writing?
At school I always excelled in the subject of English and everything to do with words. The foundations were laid, but for years my writing was restricted to diaries, letters, copious written homework. My first real creative writing began in my 20's...
hidden from public view.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The second book of my ongoing memoir is about our decade of dairying.
Once again, it is intended to entertain and maybe educate as it takes my reader back to another time and place, another way of living in the last century.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Out of hand rejections by traditional publishers, with no comment or direction to help me find out what I could do differently.
Only decades of experience and growing self-belief could give me the confidence to 'give it a go' on my own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm waiting patiently to find out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reliving my past - and knowing the outcome... so far. And sharing.
What are you working on next?
Considering other memoirs about different aspects of my life, more children's books, and editing and more editing of my next farming memoir book.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Dreaming... night and day - about writing, almost exclusively.
Reading... because I have a library well in excess of 1,000 books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, because I've bumbled and fumbled my way through 'baby steps' in a writing course and a few of the earliest germs of ideas or scribblings have now gone in directions I never imagined.
Some precious times, that pencil (or tip-tapping fingers of mine on my computer keyboard) can hardly keep up with the flow of words. Of course, later comes the editing... and editing... and rewrites... etc. etc.
What is your writing process?
This varies constantly, but many ideas have their birth in the quiet of the wee small hours when I wake up, quite refreshed from maybe four hours sleep, and an idea is growing. Sometimes this is a brand-new one, sometimes a new slant or correction or better wording of a current or older work.
I can't say why or when I will prefer pencil and paper over creating on my computer - but this often has to do with the amount of time I've already spent in front of my computer screen - a tiring process for old eyes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No... I have loved books from before I could read, when my older sister would curl up in my bed with me and 'read me a story' and I would follow the pictures - and indignantly wake her up when she dozed off before the tale was done.
I had SO many favourites I have never been able to pick out just one.
How do you approach cover design?
I love finding a photo of mine (or others) that depict something of my story.
So far I have resisted any commercial or 'professional' treatments. They don't feel right with my 'down home' type of writing and story-telling. Mine are 'granny's yarns' by a granny and I want my covers to reflect this honestly.
It probably doesn't sell books, but it suits my heart and soul and integrity.
What do you read for pleasure?
Easier to say genres I don't read for pleasure - or even at all.

Horror/Violence/Supernatural/Science Fiction/Romance/Erotica/Crime

There are probably more, but can't think of them just now. I think it's easy to see where my leanings slant.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Paper-white which is back-lit and easy on the eyes.
My inner jury is out on the question of e-Books vs paper, although my stories are all self-published eBooks at this moment (for financial reasons mostly).
My generation (and I) tend to love the feel and smell of paper and the pleasure of flipping through pages to re-read something special. It just doesn't feel the same with an e-reader.
Published 2015-10-17.
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Books by This Author

Old McLarsen Had Some Farms - a memoir
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 56,790. Language: Australian English. Published: December 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies
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A memoir with a difference, the first book in the 'Old McLarsen Had Some Farms' series tells the tales of a 'tree change' made last century before that expression was even a glimmer in its creator's eye. 40+ years later, Old McLarsen and his Missus still farm - on a small retirement property in South Australia, still laughing and crying, and remembering all the survival skills they have learned.