Interview with Larissa Klein Bennink

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Deadlines, mostly. I work as an intern in the Graphic Design sector. If I miss a day, I'm going to get in trouble with the things my clients want me to do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There's time spend not writing? More seriously though, when I'm not writing, I'm probably reading, eating, sleeping, chatting with my dear online friends, or working on the previously mentioned internship. (Don't get me wrong: I love that job!). Oh, and sometimes I disappear from the real world for a weekend to get in a costume and retreat into a forest. A.K.A I LARP.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh gosh yes I do. I think I was about six years old and I still intend to rewrite it now that I'm an adult. It was a story about some superhero pets (who may or may not have been based on my own pets/animals in the neighborhood) who were secretly superheroes (that weren't AT ALL based on the Power Rangers). They got a call from the supersecret superhero headquarters about a most dangerous villain: the evil Professor Fly, who had a huge swat with which he intended to squash humans. Because of revenge. And then there somehow was a space rabbit involved, who had a laser-shooting carrot... I was a weird kid.
What is your writing process?
Write until I get stuck, cry, re-read, edit, start another story until my inspiration returns... rinse and repeat.
Describe your desk
There's a bottle of water, my laptop, my school-work laptop, some food, foodwrappers, a controller, and a lamp. So simply put: a mess. What did you expect from a student with only very little free time?
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy. That's it. All sorts of fantasy. But I must admit I have a secret love for stories with a darker twist. That nice and happy story? Surprise! It's dark and freaky!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a pretty old city with lots of buildings from the 16th century. Although that's some time after the Middle Ages, it fueled my love for that time period. Big houses, churches, tiny villages, and lots of green wherever you go.
When did you first start writing?
That would depend on how you look at it. I wrote my first story when I was about six, but before that I already loved to make up little stories I'd tell to all my stuffed animals. I was about twelve when I wrote my first "book", which centered around a teacher that was secretly a monster, a girl from another world, and the magic of friendship~

And then, by the end of high school, I got more serious again, writing the kind of stuff I do nowadays.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The hope of becoming a published author, I guess, haha.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escaping the real world is neat sometimes. Crafting an entirely new world, a setting with places, people, creatures, that other people can explore through my stories... that's amazing. The human mind is limitless in what it can make up when you give someone a story and describe what (some) things look like.
Published 2017-04-05.
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