NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart
I am so excited to have Larissa Reinhart stop by for a visit today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a stay-at-home mom who does book formatting and writes books on the side. I’ve got two teenage girls who really influenced me in writing NC-17, the third Maizie Albright Star Detective book. Maizie is hired by fifteen-year-old YouTube stars to find their missing co-star. I also used to teach high school history, so I love having children in my books. But watching my daughters’ use of YouTube (they watch it more than TV), really influenced my decision to focus the celebrity entertainment part of the mystery on YouTube.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
- I sing in a church choir. Music is a big part of my life. I was offered a scholarship to study music for college but didn’t want to teach. And ended up teaching history.
- I was born with a very mild form of cerebral palsy but wasn’t able to walk normally for until after a lot of physical therapy. Which is probably why I almost failed PE in elementary school. And why I tend to walk on my toes.
- Even though I post a lot of pictures of my dog, Biscuit, I grew up with cats. I love cats, but I’m allergic to them!
What is the first book you remember reading?
The Tawny Scrawny Lion. I loved that book! I still have it. Love those Little Golden Books!
What are you reading now?
I’m re-reading my battered paperback of DEAD CERT by Dick Francis. I went to a steeplechase recently. I want to use a steeplechase in a new manuscript and to get some background, I’m going back to Dick Francis. I read many of his books ten years ago or more, so it’s been a while!
What made you decide you want to write?
I’ve always written stories since kindergarten or first grade. I think they’re all stories that I want to work out for myself or to entertain myself. I get an idea and need to write it out.
Do you have a special place you like to write?
I have a Danish modern chair we inherited from my husband’s grandparents. They brought it back from Denmark when they were stationed in Europe after WWII. It’s got a footstool and is very comfortable for holding a laptop in my lap and writing. I sit at my desk for the “business” side of writing.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
It’s very random. Sometimes events or places I’ve visited, like the steeplechase I mentioned earlier. A person will catch my eye. I might hear about a crime.
What books have most inspired you?
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
Making myself sit for long periods of time. It’s very hard for me!
What do you think makes a good story?
More than a compelling plot, I think interesting characters with a well-developed character arc makes a great story.
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
Oh boy. None really! They’re all affected by the sins of their parents and I had a pretty happy childhood. But I can put myself in their mindset, so there has to be a little in there, right? For Maizie Albright, it’s probably her optimism and naïveté. For Cherry Tucker, the art, her height, and I grew up in the country, so there’s a little redneck in me. Finley Goodhart’s really hard to call because she grew up on the streets as a teenager. She’s small town, though, so I know that.
Why did you pick your particular genre?
I think it chose me. I wanted to write romantic comedies with a mystery subplot, but I ended up writing mysteries with a romantic comedy subplot!
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
My voice stands out. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. A lot of cozies have humor in them, but something about my voice makes it distinctive. My first critique of Portrait of a Dead Guy was done by an established romance author and she said it was the kind of voice people would either “love or hate.” A good editor helps with that!
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I’ve always got many kettles boiling. The steeplechase scene will likely appear in my next Finley Goodhart Crime Caper. I’ve been taking notes on the next Maizie Albright, 18 Caliber, and ideas for another Cherry Tucker. Too many stories to write and too little time!
Thank you so much, Larissa, for stopping by today!
Keep reading to find out about Larissa’s new book, NC-17.
About the Book
NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
Cozy Mystery/Women’s Detective Fiction
3rd in Series
Past Perfect Press (December 4, 2018)
Paperback, 370 pages
ISBN13 – 9781732351660
Digital ASIN: B07HFVV7V7
As an ex-star of a hit teen detective show, Maizie Albright gets the youth demographic. Or so she thought. Now that she’s adulting, today’s kids make Maizie feel out of date. At least the youth she meets while doing community service at Black Pine’s exclusive healing resort, the Wellspring Center. When these teens aren’t vlogging their attempts to track down Big Foot, they’re trying to prove the Center is up to no good. Starting with the disappearance and possible murder of their not-as-young commander. A murder the police find as likely as Big Foot.
Maizie has her own suspicions about the new celebrity retreat. Particularly when she learns her ex-fiancé has been hired to run the Center. Kind of an issue when she thought Oliver was in prison. Kind of an issue when Nash, the man of her dreams, is out of commission.
Wait, not man of her dreams.
Boss of her fantasies. Professionally speaking, of course.
While Maizie’s helping adolescent Youtubers detect a disappearance, she’s wrangling her mother’s wedding, assuaging an overzealous probation officer, and struggling to keep Nash Security Solutions solvent. Conspiracy theories collide with real-life catastrophes beginning with murder and possibly ending with Maizie’s life.
Praise for NC-17 (Maizie Albright Star Detective)
by Larissa Reinhart
I love Mazie and her hot mess of everything. She tries so hard to channel inner acting jobs to help her get through everything and when the chips are down.
The entertaining story drew me in instantly and kept me enthralled all the way through. I love the ending.
About the Author
Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Cherry Tucker Mystery, and Finley Goodhart Crime Caper series. Her works have been chosen as book club picks by Woman’s World Magazine and Hot Mystery Reviews.
Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, and join her newsletter for a free short story.
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