Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome children’s author Maggie Larche.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself, Maggie.
I’m a former economist turned stay-at-home mom and children’s author. I’m originally from Pensacola, Florida, though I’ve lived in the Midwest as well as the Gulf Coast.
- When did you first start writing?
All writers start out as readers, and my love of books was handed down to me by my parents as a small child. I remember being only seven years old, falling asleep at night as my dad read the Lord of the Rings trilogy out loud to my sisters and me.
I wrote plenty of stories as a kid (though most of them were awful), but I don’t think I took writing seriously until I started learning the mechanics of academic writing. Something about the structure of having to prove your argument really appealed to me.
When I was in graduate school for economics, I decided to take a crack at writing my own children’s novel. Striker Jones, my awesome kid detective, was born on those cold Chicago nights, as I typed away at my laptop in my one-room apartment.
- What were your favorite books as a child?
This is a tough one to narrow down! Some of the top contenders are From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, and the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. When I got a little older, I fell in love with the works of Jane Austen.
I was already a teen when the Harry Potter books hit their stride, but I’d have to say that these ended up having the greatest impact on my writing. (Mine too – DMK)
- What inspires you to write?
Like many avid readers, I remember the joy I’d feel as a kid when I found a good book. I would spend all day on the couch or in my room, devouring the story.
I want to recreate that joy for kids today. I try to write stories that are entertaining and that speak to the desires of kids – for adventure in their lives, for strong friendship, and for ways to grow and prove themselves.
- Tell us a little bit about your latest release.
I’ve recently launched two new books!
The first is The Mardi Gras Chase, Book 1 of the True Girls series. It follows Melanie, a twelve-year-old girl who’s tired of both her little sister and yet another Mardi Gras in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama. When Melanie discovers a code hidden within the Mardi Gras floats of a parade, she discovers the adventure and excitement that she was lacking. She even learns to appreciate that little sister of hers, as well.
My second new release is Charlie Bingham Gets Clocked, also the first in a series. These are funny, fast-paced chapter books that follow the antics of Charlie and his friends. Charlie might be a little featherbrained – and he is certainly talented at getting into scrapes – but he and his friends always manage to muddle through somehow.
- What are you currently working on?
I’m starting the second book in the True Girls series. No title yet, but it’s about a girl who starts her own dance school after her dad gets laid off from work. I’ve also got a new Halloween Charlie Bingham in the works.
- What do you like to do to relax?
No surprise here – read a book! I also love a good beach day in the summer and a crisp hike in the fall.
- If you had a super power what would it be?
Teleportation! Flying sounds exciting, but nothing would be so efficient as teleporting. Think how easy travel would be.
- If you could hang out for a day with a fictional character who would you choose?
Another tough one to narrow down. It’s a tie between Elizabeth Bennet, Hercule Poirot, and Bertie Wooster. I like to think that we’d all sit down for a game of Spades. (Love this – DMK)
- How can readers connect with you?
Please join my mailing list at www.maggiemlarche.com! As a bonus, you will receive a free download of my second Charlie Bingham book, Charlie Bingham Gets Serious.