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"Her writing proves strong and her voice warm and relatable. And rather than idealizing the past, Larson shows how young people then faced very similar problems to what kids face today." Diane Gardner, ForeWord Reviews

Background Information

Trained as a singer at New England Conservatory and Indiana University. Major influences, Mozart and Handel. Worked as a singer for 25 years, then became voice teacher and coach.

Began writing professionally while I was singing, doing animal stories for little magazines. After I retired I wrote features and reviews for the Boston Globe


I read all the time, always have. Early beloved books were Oz, Anne of Green Gables, Lord of the Rings, Bambi, Black Beauty, Ginger Pye, and the Black Stallion.

I wrote "Sam (a pastoral)" as a sort of Valentine to a real live horse, as big and ugly and strong-minded as the horse in the book. He was not a horse you could bully or intimidate, not that I wanted to do that. I always had the idea he was obeying me as a special favor to me, personally. We went everywhere, did crazy things, and I always felt that things were going to be all right when I was on his back. And they were.


Right now I love the books of Hilary Mantel, Wallace Stegner,  Jeffrey Lent, Per Petterson, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, for literature. I have never quite outgrown Tolkien. My favorite horse novel is "Horse Heaven" by Jane Smiley.

I read a lot of non-fiction: history, nature and animals (Temple Grandin, Monty Roberts). I love poetry and am trying to catch up on the poetry classes I missed in my conservatory-style college education. Shakespeare of course, Milton, Donne, Herbert, Marlowe, Sidney, Daniel. I love Emily Dickinson and work hard to understand why she give me chills down my apine. I'm not alone in this, evidently.

I like sagas: the Icelandic Eddas, the Iliad and Odyssey.  For murder mysteries, give me Dorothy Sayers and Wilkie Collins for style, and Michael Gruber for sheer bravado. Illustrated novels: "The Rabbi's Cat" and "Persepolis."

Birth Place
New Rochelle, NY USA

Naumberg Award for Chamber Music: Boston Theatre Critics' Award for best actress in a musical. Theater der Welt prize as cast member of Peter Sellars's production of Cosi fan Tutte, Stuttgart

Additional Information

I'm working on a musical murder mystery. The musical part is easy of course; plotting it is a bit of trouble.

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