Hi everyone! Today I am so excited to be interviewing Livy Jarmusch, the author of The Tales of Tarsurella and Regal Hearts. She is one of my favorite authors and her books are some of my favorites! Season 3 of her series, Regal Hearts, is coming out on April 1st!
Back of Book Summary: Lena Bodner has never been in such desperate circumstances. With her sister Elizabeth still captive, her nation falling apart, and her beloved childhood friend, Peter, behaving as if she’s a stranger, Lena must find strength to press forward and overcome the odds.
But how will she regain the trust of her nation, mend broken relationships, and live in such a way that honors the Crown resting upon her head? Will she live up to the expectations of her people? Or will Bella Adar begin to crumble beneath her leadership?
Regal Hearts Season 3 is the continuation of an exciting story written in a unique TV show format. Livy has been releasing these “episodes” on a weekly basis, but now you can read Season 3 (10 Episodes) all at once!
I can’t wait to read it! I got to ask Livy some questions about Regal Hearts and her new book in the series!
1. What inspired you to write Regal Hearts?
As a young teen, I really struggled to find books that I truly enjoyed. I mean, I loved your average Princess-Hallmark-Movie story just as much as the next girl, but I was aching to read something a little more original. I’ve always enjoyed creating extremely unusual scenarios in my mind, while using familiar cliches or tropes then mixing them up and making everything super intense and slightly chaotic! Haha.
So, the idea for Regal Hearts literally came from me asking myself, “What would happen if four, long lost sisters, all grew up in completely different worlds, then had to find a way to come together in the end?” And that got the creative wheels spinning! Haha.
2. Do you have a favorite character in the series?
I do! I actually just did an Instagram post about this, haha! But yes, my favorite Regal Hearts character is definitely Arden. I mean, if I was a fifteen year old girl…um, swoon! Haha. Arden is very lively and fun-loving, and even though he’s far from perfect, he always brings an element of fun to everything he does, and he’s constantly challenging Emma to get out of her comfort zone, which I love!
3. I think it’s really cool that you decided to write the series in a TV Show format! What made you decide to do that?
I’ve dreamed of someday creating film and television shows, for as long as I can remember! When I was five years old I started dreaming of someday having my own channel or network, and have been brainstorming movie and television show ideas ever since then!
I wrote my debut novel, “The Coronation”, before starting Regal Hearts, so I was in the mood to do something a little different than another novel.
I thought it would be fun to release a story in an episodical, TV show format, where readers would have to wait week by week, and get a new installment every Friday! It really wasn’t in the plan to publish it in paperback, but there were a lot of people asking for it, so eventually I decided to offer it in the traditional “book” format, even though it’s meant to be enjoyed like a TV show playing on the big screen of your imagination!
4. I love how the sisters are all so different and yet they have similarities too! How did you come up with the backstories for all of the characters?
I honestly don’t remember the first time I started developing each character. Some of these characters have just been hanging around in the back of my head since I was like 12 or 13. I don’t really know where they came from or how they got there, haha, but it wasn’t at all abnormal for me to dream up a world full of characters as a young teen and not know what stories they should be placed in until years later. One of those classic examples would be Jonathan Napp, a middle-aged man who works for the URIA (Underground Royal Imperial Army), and gets assigned a variety of missions from his boss. I think I placed Jonathan in three or four stories ahead of this one (unfinished, of course!) and once I started developing Regal Hearts, I knew he would be perfect for it! And I think that’s the case with a lot of my characters. I’ve spent years playing around with them (or a version of them, anyway, haha!) in various stories and scenarios, so when it came time to find a “cast” for these stories, I knew just who to choose!
5. Is there anything that readers should know about going into Regal Hearts Season 3? No Spoilers, haha! 😀
Hmm…I would say, things are about to get very action packed, so mentally prepare yourself for that! There will of course be more character growth, maybe a few new characters as well *wink wink*, and lots of traveling! Get your passport ready!
If you’re looking for a good book series to get into, I definitely recommend Regal Hearts! Here is the link to the first season: https://www.amazon.com/Regal-Hearts-Unlikely-Princess-Popstar-ebook/dp/B06XH3XR6Q/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=regal+hearts+livy+jarmusch&qid=1616599187&sr=8-3
And here is the link to the third season if you’ve already read the first two! https://www.amazon.com/Regal-Hearts-Season-Livy-Jarmusch/dp/B08WYG54GB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=regal+hearts+livy+jarmusch&qid=1616599187&sr=8-1
I hope you all have a great day!
Livy Lynn is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. Her debut novel, The Coronation, came several years after establishing Crown of Beauty Magazine while connecting with teens and women all across the globe.
She enjoy’s crafting YA Christian fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can find her playing guitar, traveling, vlogging, laughing with friends, and planning something new and exciting.