|Larissa was born a long time ago and can’t quite remember what happened, but apparently became an instant legend by being the first baby born owning 300 pairs of knitted booties. She learned to write on her own before school, enabling her to develop a unique pen-wielding style (known privately as “fist-of-the-monkey”) whose legacy is a stumpy callus she secretly believes can predict solar flares and other space phenomena. She first published while still in Brazil by submitting a (thinly disguised) non-fictional essay about identity issues and the ageist oppression of being a tween, all at the tender age of 11. Around that time she acquired her first typewriter and proceeded to write a very, very long novel about a (thinly disguised) young female character at odds with the social forces around her who, despite being misunderstood and unjustly treated, persists in spunky fashion through adventures heroically bad, good and ugly. She emigrated to the United States and was soon writing in yet another language, following the great models at her disposal: Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, Choose-your-own-Adventure series, and a slew of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. Apparently, these melded nicely with other (mostly age inappropriate) early influences read in the Portuguese (pulp writers Harold Robbins and VC Andrews, historical romance novels, The Three Musketeers and Erica Jong), as the syncretism of such styles led her into the hallowed halls of Creative Writing, where she was free to produce prose mostly dodgy in nature couched in paragraphs of very loose syntax.
Larissa is a lover of the horse, the beluga, and travels through countries with creative plumbing, and is adamantly opposed to the bombing of the moon. She lives with a cat, a rice cooker, and a 20 lb bag of rice.
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