Interview with Larissa Reinhart, author of The Body in the Landscape
29 Oct 2015
The Body in the Landscape is the fifth book in the Cherry Tucker Mystery series. Cherry’s a sassy, Southern spitfire portrait artist, who loves her rural Georgia roots despite her classically trained profession.
Her reckless reputation has her in trouble back home in Halo, Georgia. When invited to paint the winning portrait for Big Rack Lodge’s Hogzilla hunt contest, it seems like a paid vacation. But when her woodland painting uncovers a body, Cherry fears the hunting party is prey for a vengeful stalker and her nosiness places her directly in the killer’s crosshairs.
(For those who don’t know Hogzilla, those are the massive wild hogs tearing up the South. And when I say massive, some have been close to 1,000 pounds.)
What’s the last book you read?
City of Bones, from the Mortal Instruments series. And a few days before that Warm Bodies. I’m on a YA fantasy/scifi kick right now, but I love to read in all different genres.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose and why?
This sounds boring but I’d choose my husband and daughters. We have a good time and I can eat off their plates without disgusting anyone.
What’s rocking your world this month?
I moved to Japan last summer, so an earthquake would be a good guess, but I hope not.
You wouldn’t be caught dead, where?
At a math convention. More specifically, a word problem convention.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Trust your instincts. Particularly around guys named Rick.
Who are your literary heroes?
Agatha Christie, Meg Cabot, and P.G. Wodehouse
What’s your favorite quote or scene from The Body in the Landscape?
My favorite scenes are never pivotal and usually involve a minor character. But in The Body in the Landscape, there’s a scene where Cherry and Todd go to the victim’s house because she heard he raised hunting dogs. The victim, Abel, is considered the town drunk and gossip. No one liked Abel, but Cherry found his body and feels drawn to learning more about him. She finds his dogs mourning their owner and it breaks her heart. She tells Todd the story of losing her Grandma Jo and what it did to their dog, Daisy. I tear up just thinking about that scene.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde
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