Welcome to Tea with Mrs B, an author interview series. Here to share a pot of tea and to chat about her latest book, Law & Disorder, is Liv Arnold.
Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives with her husband and their spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When she’s not writing, Liv’s avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And of course, she’s a massive book addict and often reads until all hours of the night.
Hello Liv. It is my pleasure to welcome to my blog, Mrs B’s Book Reviews and thank you for joining me for Tea with Mrs B, an author interview series. To set the mood for our tea infused interview, what is your preferred beverage, tea, coffee or other? And side accompaniment, scone, cake or other?
Peppermint tea please. I love any cake with cream in it.
Can you tell us what genres you write for and how many books you have had published?
I write romance and Young Adult. Law & Disorder is my first published book. I have my second book Etched in Stone contracted.
Can you describe your new book, Law & Disorder in just a sentence?
Fun and flirty with a lot of heat.
What came first in the creation of the book – the title, plot, characters or setting when you first set out to write Law & Disorder?
I’m terrible with thinking of titles so I did this last. I had to brainstorm titles with the Romance Writers of Australia’s Facebook group because I was so stumped.
The ending of this book came first for me. Even though I never plot, I usually know the ending and work towards this.
What character did you most identify with in Law & Disorder?
Probably the secondary character, Dr. Mendes, because he’s so antisocial to the point of being awkward.
What ingredients do you feel are necessary to compose a successful erotic romance comedy narrative?
With this story, I thought of everyday scenarios which could be funny and relatable. Something people would laugh at but know this could easily happen to anyone.
How long did it take you to write Law & Disorder?
It’s a shorter story so about a week to write from start to finish then lots of editing.
What do you hope readers will take away from reading Law & Disorder?
Hopefully a lot of laughs!
Can you tell us about your journey to publication?
I networked with authors through social media and started a blog where I interviewed successful writers – I still do this. I learned so many amazing tips such as building my online presence, elevator pitches, and being persistent.
Initially I received multiple rejections from publishers. Sometimes with detailed feedback and requests for a revise and resubmit. I gotta admit, this stung every time. I wondered what I was doing wrong and if I was even any good at writing.
But so many author friends told me to keep persisting. So, I kept working on my craft, took on feedback and experimented with different story ideas.
I also followed a lot of publishers’ Facebook page. Sometimes they post about the type of stories they wanted to read. That’s when I saw a call out from The Wild Rose Press.
I thought no harm in giving this a crack. I whipped up a novella called Law & Disorder and sent my manuscript off. Six weeks later (I stalked my email inbox everyday), The Wild Rose Press replied with a contract offer. There was no acting cool on my part, and I emailed back my response filled with typos in my excitement to say ‘yes’.
Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?
Don’t give up and keep working on your craft. Sometimes it’s all about your manuscript landing on the right publisher’s desk at the right time. Savvy Authors does great online workshops.
Can you tell us about your creative working space, where do you write and is there anything vital you need to get started?
I work at my dining table. My husband plays a lot of computer games, so he hogs the study room. But I don’t mind because this gives me the chance to write. All I need is a glass of water next to me and I’m good to go. Sometimes I use my phone as a timer where I nonstop write for twenty minutes. Amazing how much you can get done when you’re racing against the clock.
Aside from writing, do you have any interesting hobbies?
I’ve watched the Australian soapies Neighbours and Home and Away since I was young. It’s become a routine to come back home and watch these shows.
What is next on the horizon for Liv Arnold? Do you have any writing projects you would like to share with us?
I signed my contemporary romance Etched in Stone with The Wild Rose Press. Hopefully this will be out late 2019.
Also, I’m working on a YA fantasy novel with a murder mystery storyline, set in the Netherworld.
Finally, wrapping up our tea themed interview, who would you most like to share a pot of tea with?
JK Rowling. Would love to know her marketing tips. Also, I’m a big fan.
Thank you for taking the time to visit Mrs B’s Book Reviews for Tea with Mrs B Liv. Congratulations on the publication of Law & Disorder!
Lawyer Juliet Jackson has come head to head with Sergeant Jesse Burns on numerous occasions in court. He is provoking. Pigheaded. Punch-worthy. They don’t get along. Not one little bit. The unfortunate fact he’s also her next-door neighbor brings her loathing off the charts. But when Juliet’s caught locked outside her home in nothing but a skimpy towel, she must swallow her pride and turn to Jesse for help. She doesn’t expect the explosive chemistry between them and can’t help but wonder if Jesse’s as demanding in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom.
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