Interview With A GIRL Boss Who Made Her Dream A Reality
Ft. Livy Jarmusch
As a young woman in a world full of possibilities I desire nothing more than to live a life pursuing my passions. Livy, from a young age, not only pursued her passions but made her dream of being a writer a reality!
Twenty-four year old writer Livy Jarmusch sat down and answered some of my questions which I am sharing with you today! Providing insight into her world of writing after just recently releasing her exciting sequel "The Rebellion" (Check it out on Amazon here!) after her hit book "The Coronation" in her series: The Tales of Tarsurella!
If you want to hear more about her experiences of getting started as a writer, as well as some fantastic advice for woman like YOU who are long to pursue a passion in writing, this post is definitely for you! I hope you enjoy this fun Q&A, and are as inspired as I am to make your dreams a reality!
How old were when you knew you wanted to be a writer?
I've always loved storytelling! In Kindergarten, I told my teacher that I wanted to be an Author when I grow up. (There were also like a million other things I wanted to do as well, haha, but I guess that one stuck!) As much as I enjoyed telling stories as a kid, it really wasn't until High School where I started writing a lot. I spent hours and hours working on fiction stories, but I never really intended on publishing them, I was just doing it for my own enjoyment. Then, one summer when I was reading a rough ROUGH draft of The Coronation to my cousins, they responded with really positive feedback and I thought, "Hmm, I wonder if others would enjoy reading this story as well?" So I started doing some research, exploring various publishing options, and then after releasing The Coronation, I wrote it's sequel, and then the third book in the trilogy...and I was hooked! I knew being an author was something God had for me in this season of life, and I was excited to venture further down that path!
What/who inspired you to want to write?
This is such a great question, but I feel like my answer may sound cheesy or cliche. But truly mean every word of this: it's God. He created me in a very unique, one-of-a-kind way, and I know He wired my lively, active, inspired brain like this, for a purpose! He is the Creator, and because I was made in His Image, I want to create! I love telling stories because He tells stories and I want to spread beauty and love because He is Beauty and Love. Everything I do flows from Him, and He is the reason I have anything to say at all!
At what age did you start writing The Tales of Tarsurella?
I was sixteen, actually! (I'm twenty-four now.)
What would you say is the best part about being a writer?
Ahh, there are SO many wonderful things about writing! But one of my favorite things, is the moment when inspiration strikes. When you're in the middle of doing something totally boring and mundane, such as washing dishes, driving to town, or taking a shower - and then BOOM, a movie begins to unfold so vividly in your mind! Characters, conversations, flashes of light, color, energy, and ideas just begin to overwhelm me, and I KNOW God is speaking. I rush to my notebook and try to record everything as quickly as possible...those are my favorite moments.
What was the toughest part about publishing your first book?
Oh boy. My first book, Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns, was a bit of an emotional roller-coaster! I didn't have any previous experience or advice to base what I was doing off of, so I just dove in and decided to try self-publishing. I used Amazon's Create Space program, and I ran into a lot of headaches along the way. They were mostly formatting issues, but I would lie if I said I didn't shed a few tears! I think the hardest part was not knowing what I was doing, and trying to figure everything out on my own.
How long did it take to write “The Coronation”?
It's hard to say, because I first started writing it very slowly in High School, dabbling with scenes here and there when I had the time to do so. Then I got half way through the book and pretty much gave up. (I was great at starting stories, but horrible at ending them. I had so many unfinished books!) But years later, when I decided to return and finish writing the book, it probably took another year to finish, and then a few more months to edit.
Are any of the characters based off people you know in real life?
No, not really. All of the characters I create are unique. I know a lot of authors like to base their characters off friends, or even character inspiration boards on Pinterest, but I love the idea of starting from scratch and creating a unique person. With that being said, I can definitely see elements of other personalities who have influenced these characters! I think influences often slip into our writing without us even noticing! Like with Millie, the youngest Princess, she is so similar to myself as a young child. Addison has some similarities to my older brother, and one of my readers pointed out that Jackson, the Head of Royal Security, is freakishly similar to Joe from Princess Diaries. I had to laugh, because looking back at Jackson's character, she's totally right! You never know where those influences might sneak in!
Looking back is there anything you wished you did differently when you first were starting out?
I wish I would've had more confidence. That I wouldn't have cried over my first bad review, and that I wouldn't have tried so hard to please everybody. The more I write, the more free I become in who I am as an author. The liberating truth that I don't have to write for EVERYBODY, is so amazing! God has helped me break past a lot of those fears I had when I first started releasing books, and as He continues to truly free my pen from fear, the more joyful this entire process becomes!
What advice do you have for other young women wanting to publish their first book?
Oh wow, there is so much I could say!
1. Don't Let Fear Stop You
God has placed this book inside of you for a purpose. You have to believe that. Yes, there will be critics and nay-sayers, and moments you doubt your own words...but if you can hear God's voice, above all the noise, He will always be that anchor to hold you steady, and keep you moving forward! There is a unique niche of people who need to your story. So be responsible, do your part, and begin stepping out. You never know what doors God will open! But it is up to us to take that first step.
2. Don't Try to Do It Alone
Like I mentioned earlier, I had kind of a rough time with publishing my first book. But it was because I tried to do it alone. Instead of surrounding myself with a team of people who could encourage and uplift me, I tried to Han-Solo it, and ending up running into some unnecessary issues. Now, many books and lessons learned later, its really important to help others avoid those mistakes I made. I LOVE encouraging other girls and women to pursue the possibility of self-publishing, but I also love cheering them on throughout the process! My friend Bella and I actually offer Coaching Sessions for aspiring authors (and those who are already published but need to relaunch a new book). So if your heart is to get your story out to the world, but you're not exactly sure how to do that, or where to begin, Bella and I would be so honored to help you! You can find details about our sessions here: https://www.livylynnblog.com/2018/01/15/cheerleader-sessions/
Livy Jarmusch is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she's not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this interview with Livy! Are you an aspiring writer?? Leave a comment below if you feel more confident in your pursuit of your dreams after reading these encouraging words from a girlboss that made hers happen!
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