Christine Larsen is a wife, mother, grandmother and farmer, now living with husband on a retirement farm in South Australia. Reading has been her passion all of her life, to herself and to two generations of her offspring.
Christine believes you can learn anything in this world if you first have a love of reading, and a questioning mind. With this as her credo, she has begun her 'born-again' writing career with a series of children's stories.
At the same time, she is working on another series... this time adult farming memoirs, with short-short stories of a farming career spanning 40+ years.
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.
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.