I’m so honoured to have Livy Jarmusch on my blog today as par of her blog tour fo the paperback release of Regal Hearts: Season One. Yes, Season One, which means that more will be on the way soon!
Hi Livy. When did you begin writing with the goal of becoming an author?
I’ve loved to write ever since I was a little girl. I’ve always enjoyed creating stories and using my imagination! When I was in Kindergarten I declared that I wanted to be an author when I grew up…among many, many other things, haha. But I didn’t take my writing very seriously until I became a teen. I did a lot of devotional and non-fiction writing for my magazine, Crown of Beauty, and wrote a devotional called Secrets of Royalty. At that point, I didn’t really envision myself writing fiction, and had put those more “creative” stories on the back-burner. But just last year, God started to stir up my desire to write more fiction, and helped me get past the lie that said it wasn’t powerful enough to make an impact. Being creative for God’s glory can be very powerful, and ever since the Lord started to reveal that to me, I’ve been pursuing writing as more of a career.
What is Regal Hearts about?
Regal Hearts is about four young teens who who couldn’t be more polar opposite from one another! You’ve got a Princess, a bold, iconic Popstar, a sweet, sheltered Amish girl, and a totally average girl from California, who all find themselves connected by a stunning secret from their pasts. Without giving too much away, Regal Hearts is about each young woman discovering her true identity, and embarking on a journey where she must travel that frightening gap between the person she is today, and the person God has truly created her to be.
What inspired Regal Hearts?
As I mentioned during the answer to your first question, back in Kindergarten being an author wasn’t the only thing I dreamed about one day pursuing. I’ve always had huge ambitions to someday produce my own TV show. Personally, I find it challenging to find pure, Godly, uplifting, (and totally entertaining!) media choices. I’ve had many TV show ideas over the years, and Regal Hearts originally came to my mind as exactly that: a show! I decided to scribble down the script, just to keep it in my back-pocket for later. But the story came so fast and furious, and because I envisioned it so clearly through a TV show format, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun if people could read this, before it’s a show? What if I released it in a weekly, episodically format?” So, I bundled the first 10 Episodes into “Season One”, and the feedback has been amazing! I love that girls enjoy reading it so much, but I also love the fact that many of them are envisioning it as TV show as well, as they read it, which makes the whole thing extremely fun and unique..
Most ‘Royal Stories’ are either a Historical or a Fantasy novel, but Regal Hearts is contemporary and in a TV series format. Why did you choose to write the way you did?
. Many Christian families have grown disgusted with the inappropriate offerings of “contemporary” media, and tend to gravitate toward “old fashioned” media. You know, those sweet stories in medieval times, as well as American historical fiction, reruns of Little House on the Prairie and black and white TV shows like Leave it To Beaver…sweet, harmless, innocent fun. Personally, I think that’s why the Amish genre is so huge. Christians desire pure media, and it can be a struggle to find anything modern or contemporary that has good values and strong messages of faith. So, I believe there’s a big need for that! Not everyone is drawn to contemporary fiction, or desires to read modern-stories, and that’s totally okay. But for myself, personally, I love the idea of creating content that my someday kids can read and enjoy, without everything having to be historical in order to be clean.
. Who is this book for?
Christian teen girls who are looking to read something fun, adventurous, challenging, exciting, uplifting and faith-inspiring
What do you want readers to get out of your books?
My number-one prayer, is that the Lord will speak through my writing to whoever reads. And because every reader is in a different age, stage, and life-situation, how the Holy Spirit interacts with them as they read ,is completely up to Him! My job is just to do my best to write as He’s leading, and trust Him with the rest. Another huge prayer, is that my words will spark creativity. That other writers will look at these stories and say, “Hey, if Livy can do this, so can I!” Because the truth is…one story isn’t going to change the entire world. We need many writers on the front-lines, penning the stories that God pours into our hearts! We’re all unique, and we all have something to say, so I definitely believe that a single word can spark a firestorm of revelation or fresh determination in a reader to make a change, be a voice, and influence the culture…and to me, that’s what it’s all about!
You’ve written other books as well. What are they, and where can we find them?
My newest novel (and possibly my favorite! Am I allowed to say that?) is called The Coronation
. It’s about a modern-day, homeschooling, Royal Family living in the fictitious European nation of Tarsurella. I’ve also written a devotional, Secrets of Royalty
, a guide to Godly relationships with guys When Life Feels Like a Taylor Swift Song
, and a joint-project with several other authors, Beauty, Boys and Ball Gowns
. You can find ’em all on my site https://www.livylynnblog.com/livys-library/, Amazon, or ask about ’em at your local Barnes and Noble.
You seem to have a Royal theme in your books. Why is that the case?
Haha, that’s a great question! Well, first of all, I have a MASSIVE obsession with castles, so that may have a small reason to do with it, haha! Secondly, I’m a really strong believer in knowing your Royal Identity in Christ. The concept of us, as God’s daughters, being His Royal Princesses, can be a really odd, strange concept for us, so I think the more we explore what that truly means (even if it’s in a fun, fictional sense) the more understanding we can gain about who we truly are in Him.
Where can we connect with you?
Well, I’m pretty much all over the internet! Haha, so just choose your favorite Social, and connect there!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/livylynnlibrary/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/livylynnmusic
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/livylynnglittergirl/
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/LivyJarmusch
Good Reads –
Andddd my blog! https://www.livylynnblog.com/
What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?
Don’t stop writing! Never give up! I know it sounds so simple, but that’s seriously the best advice you can give yourself. As long as you never give up, you’ll make a difference in this world, I promise you that!
Set goals, and keep writing until you meet them. The best way to improve your skills and become a writer is by writing. So don’t give yourself excuses, make time for writing, and do it!
You’re not going to be a best-selling author over night…but you have a story to tell, so don’t let anyone stop you!
Well thank you so much Livy for coming on my blog today. Make sure you check her out and buy books.
I’m a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. I enjoy crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When I’m not writing, you can usually find me playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning my next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies