Today I have a special treat for y’all… an interview of a super sweet author of contemporary Christian fiction!
Join me in welcoming author Livy Lynn to Once Upon an Ordinary!
Livy, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a twenty-something author, singer, song-writer, blogger, and coach. I have a slight obsession with all things Disney, fairy-tale, castles, ball gowns, glitter…pretty much anything lovely and whimsical! My goal as an author is to write stories that follow the words of Philippians 4:8. (Whatever is pure, lovely, noble, admirable, etc.) All of my published work contains pretty strong sprinkles and dashes of all the things I love. (Castles, ball-gowns, puppy dogs…)
What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always enjoyed storytelling, ever since I was a little girl, but I didn’t make the decision to begin pursuing writing professionally, until a few years ago. I was running my online magazine for Christian girls (www.crownofbeautymagazine.com) and I had a few fictional projects I had been working on, just for fun, collecting dust on my computer. I thought, “Hmm, what if our Crown of Beauty girls would enjoy these stories? What if I’m not the only girl who is frustrated with the selection of YA Christian fiction we have available today? What if someone else would enjoy a trip to Tarsurella?” (Tarsurella is the fictitious, modern European country where The Tales of Tarsurella take place.) So I decided to enlist a few Beta Readers, get their feedback…and wow, I was blown away and humbled by their responses! I thought, “Okay God, maybe this is something You have for me. Maybe this is yet another avenue to share truth, and to put your Love and Beauty on display for the world.” And then I started writing like crazy, haha!
May we have an introduction to Tarsurella and The Rebellion specifically?
Of course! The Rebellion is a sequel to The Coronation, which is book #2 in The Tales of Tasurella trilogy. In The Coronation, Prince Addison is only two weeks away from inheriting the entire Kingdom of Tarsurella. In spite of all the excitement while preparing for this grand event, Prince Addison and his younger siblings (all 7 of them!) must carry on with the daily activities of life. Prince Addison is advised not to begin ruling without a wife by his side, so he’s receiving a lot of pressure to fall in love and find the right woman. Of course, he wants to do things God’s way, which means things aren’t always going to go as one would imagine! The Rebellion picks up just a few months later, as Addison has finally fallen in love…but the political terrain of his nation is incredibly rocky. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to discover a hidden instigator who is fearlessly blogging democracy-driven ideals, with a secretive pen-name.
Do you have a quote or story passage that makes you smile?
I think one of my favorite quotes from The Rebellion, is:
“An adventure? In a library?” Hanson asked.
“Why of course!” Her eyes shone. “That is where all adventures begin!”
(And another quote just for good measure. 😉 )
What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?
Oh wow, what a question! I think it could take me ALL day to answer that! Do you have a few hours? Haha! Truly, I am so blessed. And a day doesn’t go by without my heart exploding in thankfulness as I look back in wonderment at everything the Lord has done in my life. I’ve seen Him work so many miracles. Open so many doors. Teach me so many lessons. Give me so much grace. Just the simple fact that there are excited, precious, priceless souls out there who actually want to read what I write, and hear what I have to say is just: wow.
But honestly, my favorite part of this entire journey, is that I get to do it with Jesus. His Holy Spirit is with me every single moment. He’s there when I can’t fall asleep because I’m crazy excited about a story idea. He’s there when disappointment strikes. He’s there when writer’s block hits, frustration breaks out, or I accidentally lose a VERY important file. He’s there during the long hours, and lonely nights. But He’s also there in the joys! He’s there when I hear feedback from readers who say they’ve been inspired to pray more, who say they realized they were in a toxic relationship and need to get out, or who were simply delighted by a pure, clean, uplifting story. And that’s when I can take all those roses of adoration and glory, and toss them up to Him! He gets ALL the glory, so the fact that He wants to use me in this manner is just…ahh, so fulfilling! ❤
Any plans for further projects?
Of course! Book #3 will be coming out, as well as more episodes of Regal Hearts! Regal Hearts: The Unlikely Story of a Princess, a Popstar, an Amish Girl, and an Average Girl was written in an episodical, TV show, type-format, and I release the continuation of those stories in “Episode Bundles”. Season 2 will be coming out in paperback and Season 3 on digital! What a lot of readers don’t yet know, or are still figuring out, is that Regal Hearts is actually connected to The Tales of Tarsurella! So if you want more Tarsurella fun, be sure to check out Regal Hearts! (You can actually read Episode 1 for free, on my blog!)
I’ve got several other projects in the works, some of which I can tell you about, and some I can’t! Haha.
But one of the projects I CAN tell you about are the new Author Coaching Sessions my sweet friend Bella and I are offering, for authors who desire to self-publish their first book! We also offer sessions for established authors and bloggers who desire to grow their reach, build their platform, or even launch a brand new blog. It’s SUCH a joy being able to help encourage other aspiring authors, and Bella and I have some pretttyyyyy fun stuff up our sleeve that we’ll be releasing soon, so if this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please come check us out!
We have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersessions/ & Instagram @cheerleadersessions if you’d like to connect with us! Or you can find all the details about what we do, here! 🙂 https://www.livylynnblog.com/for-authors-marketing/