Larissa has been sharing stories via art and the written word since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Her award-winning original artwork was first publicly exhibited at an art gallery when she was eight years old. Larissa's work features surreal, magical, historical-mythological, and whimsical elements inspired by legends, fairy tales and folklore from around the world.
Larissa, the storyteller.
teller of tales.
dreamer of dreams.
"the storyteller transported us to a different world"
Imagination takes flight
Larissa's mother wove intricate worlds in made-up bedtime stories which helped Larissa's imagination take flight. She wrote and performed her own plays, which manifested into a lifelong love of creative writing. Her writing was first published at the age of ten, soon followed by essays, poems and lyrics, fantasy novellas, and prize-winning short stories. Larissa's screenplays have been celebrated by movie industry insiders as being "a breath of fresh air...Hollywood's next big writer...thrilling and imaginative" among other accolades.
Under the tutelage and personal encouragement of esteemed authors Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle in Time), Patricia C. Wrede (The Enchanted Forest Chronicles), Ann M. Martin (The Baby-Sitter's Club), Sherryl Jordan (The Raging Quiet), Isabel R. Marvin (A Bride for Anna's Papa), and Marion Dane Bauer (On My Honor), Larissa penned numerous award-winning poetry and stories. Larissa was an invited guest of the highly selective Youth Journalism International Conference in Washington D.C.
In 2013, Larissa wrote her first short screenplay.The film premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2015. Praise from The Independent Critic stated: "At its heart a film about women’s rights and the necessity of choice, [Lacuna] is provocative ... involving. A dark and gripping story...an absolutely vital film to watch. Powerful...emotional...lingers in your psyche.”
Larissa has authored myriad script treatments and four completed feature-length screenplays, in development for theatrical release. Her influences include: E. Nesbit, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Ruth Manning-Sanders, Roberta Neff, V.S. Naipaul, Isaac Asimov, and Edward Eager.