Tell us about yourself and your books.:
My name is Liv Arnold and I have worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now run my own freelance business. I grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and live with my husband and our spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When I’m not writing, I’m avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And of course, I’m a massive book addict and often read until all hours of the night.
I write romance. Different types from YA, contemporary to fantasy.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Working full-time, I get so tired and must force myself not to watch TV or go to bed as soon as I’m home. So, I give myself incentives to write – ice-cream or junk food whenever I finish a page, or I reward myself with reading a chapter of the book I’m currently reading.
What authors have influenced you?
JK Rowling. Love every single book she's ever written. I know this is a cliched answer. But I love her voice – like a friend speaking to you.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Sometimes it’s all about having your manuscript at the right publisher’s desk at the right time. Do writing workshops, hone your craft, build your social media presence and enter in short story competitions/anthologies to build your writing portfolio.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write in the active voice and remove filler words like: that, very, feel, looked, made, it etc.
What are you reading now?
I love Cassie Laelyn's debut book Unforsaken. A paranormal romance about fallen angels.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Procrastinating. I'm so tired after work sometimes I stare at the computer screen. I get so tempted to watch TV.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Harry Potter series. I have all the merchandise – wall art, mugs, figurines, you name it.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I get my ideas from everywhere. One time my husband said an idea for a romance book as a joke, and I thought it could work, so I wrote the story. Usually I write whatever comes into my head. I don’t plan things. I eventually want a full-time career as an author. That inspires me to keep writing.
I loved humour in all my writing pieces and exploring different ways to make things funny.
What are you working on now?
Two things. First up…A YA romance fantasy- on an ordinary day, an ordinary girl gets summoned by a handsome demon prince to go on a quest to save his kingdom.
And then I am writing…a YA romance about a blind eighteen-year-old school boy who falls in love with a girl on the train based on her scent and her voice. Meanwhile the girl has her own issues – her mum has been diagnosed with cancer.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I find Facebook ads don't do much. I've been contacting book reviews/bloggers to write reviews and promote me. I'm overwhelmed to have amazing feedback.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I've submitted my next contemporary romance to my publisher, The Wild Rose Press. Fingers crossed!
How well do you work under pressure?
I work better with deadlines. I sometimes put a timer for 20 minutes and non-stop write. Amazing how much work you can get done racing against the clock.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I don't decide. It all depends on the scene. I go wherever the characters take me.
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