Brandi Larsen wants to help.
It's true. I'm curious about many things in the world around me, and I want to help improve our collective campfire. I've spent my career helping the publishing and journalism industries adapt to the ever-changing landscape. While I consider myself a writer and a reader, my strongest skills are my abilities to find the gaps where things could be done better and collaborate with others to create the methods that bring those ideas to life. I love solving problems.
My latest professional challenge is working as the Digital Publishing Director at Penguin Random House. I've also challenged myself to read every genre of fiction, say yes to things that scare me, and live a life that inspires my darlings.
Fun facts about me: My favorite author is my dad, Eric Kleinert, and I'm grateful that he asked me to help him write his first book. I was a kid journalist and published my first column at age 12, apparently before the invention of child labor laws. I have a BA in fiction writing summa cum laude (ooh, Latin!) from Columbia College Chicago. I'm a proud Communication Arts graduate of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Palm Beach County, Florida and believe that attending that school was one of the greatest gifts of my life. I spent my twenties studying improvisation with the nation's best and am eternally grateful for the skills of "yes, and" that I learned. I signed up for my first half-marathon because my mother-in-law dared me to walk alongside her. I completed two more by running very, very slowly. I trained my cat to high five. I married a funny, handsome artist who turned out to be an incredible father and is the reason I can accomplish my dreams. I live a life blessed with a family who laugh like friends and friends who love like family. I am still working on that novel.
Stuff I love: books, media, innovation, cool tech, typewriters, photography, my incredibly supportive family, the arts, green spaces, dancing, delicious meals, sweet wine, laughter, challenges, big ideas, good writing and, of course, happiness.