Get to know Patti Larsen, one of the 22 contributors to the recently-released Allegories of the Tarot Anthology (which is already trailblazing its way up the fantasy anthology charts on Amazon!). Patti wrote her tale, Hoarder, based on The Devil card. You can read an excerpt of her story below.
Patti Larsen is an award-winning young adult writer with a passion for the paranormal. Now with multiple series in happy publication, she lives on beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada, with her very patient husband and five massive cats.
Find Patti at about.me/pattilarsen.
Just a few questions…
What intrigues you about this particular Tarot card? I spent many years unwilling to accept the fact I didn’t like myself very much. That I had issues, deep ones, keeping me stuck and in a very dark pit of despair. When I woke from it and finally realized there was more to my life than what I’d been living, that my dreams were reachable, I felt as though I’d shaken a monkey from my back. The Devil, literally. One of my own making.
Why did you decide to get roped into this project? Annetta Ribken asked. Where’s the question?
Honestly, if she hadn’t, I’d have volunteered and badgered and begged until she let me in. She’s that awesome, I just have to work with her.
Have you ever had dealings with the Tarot before? I actually grew up with a father who read Tarot but gave it up when he predicted a friend’s death. I come from a very intuitive family where ghost stories and premonitions are commonplace. When I decided to live my life on my terms, I stopped blocking out my intuition and began reading Tarot, first for myself, then for others. I’ve been told I’m scary accurate.
What other projects do you have planned? Well… my goal is to write and publish twenty-four books this year. I won’t bore you with the details.
How did you decide what to write about? I already had a story idea that fit the Devil card, so when Annetta brought up the idea, I jumped on it.
How literal did you want to get with your card? My story is all about the devil within each of us, though in a contemporary horror way… I think it’s literal, but I don’t know if many others would agree.
Is your story a part of something you’ve written about previously? It’s not, and I hope to never visit this particular issue again. I still have shivers.
Would you like to have written about any other card? Which card? Why? I’d love to write about all of them, to be totally honest. Each has its own unique awesomeness that draws me in. I read Tarot, so the entire deck calls to me.
If you could have the power to divine the future, would you or would you not and why?Though I am eerily accurate with others when I read, I find my own rather unsatisfying. So I guess I’d rather see my own future rather than other people’s.
An excerpt from Hoarder
A lovely mermaid smiled at Jane, iridescent shell sparkling in the sun. The painted maid’s hair glowed richly red, eyes clear blue, darling smile showing perfect white teeth as her flawless human body blended into the carefully painted scales of her fishy green tail. Jane’s hand went unconsciously to her own hair, once that gorgeous shade, now faded to brown and threaded with gray. Her limber, attractive young body was long gone, too. One of the reasons Bob left her, he said.
Jane’s eyes burned with tears as her sister, Annie, unknowing, uncaring, left her there staring at the statuette. The sudden need to flee, to hide in the small house she’d barely been able to afford on her own and never come out driving her back from the table.
Until the old woman pushed her again. Something inside Jane snapped in that moment as the woman’s grubby paw reached out to take the statuette. To touch Jane’s precious memory. In a move nothing like her normal passive and quiet nature, Jane shouldered the old woman aside and grasped the mermaid in her hand, holding it out, shaking slightly, to the lady behind the table.
Read the rest of Hoarder in the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology!
About Allegories of the Tarot
Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. “Hey,” she said. “What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?”
The idea would not leave her alone.
And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born.
Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.
What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe.
Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.
Get the book!