This week’s interview is with Liv Arnold whose romance, ETCHED IN STONE came out in February 2020. Below, Liv talks about her dreams of flying, her job promoting shavers, the time she called the cops on herself, and a special skill she’s never learned. Enjoy!
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.
Which talent do you wish you had?
Flying. When I was young, sometimes I dreamt about soaring the skies. Whenever I woke up, I’d be so disappointed my dream wasn’t real. I’ll try to go back to sleep. I still have these dreams sometimes.
I’ve also always been jealous of people who could sing or dance. I can’t sing a note and I have two left feet. Well, more, I have two flat feet.
In terms of writing, I’ve always wished all my ideas could come out of my mind and go straight to the page. It’ll save hours of agony.
What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
When I was studying at university, I worked as a promo girl. Some jobs were fun with lots of networking. Others not so much. Once, I promoted a shaver for women. I had to wear a bathrobe in the middle of a supermarket and asked women if they wanted a sample shaver. People burst into laughter or gave me strange looks.
Were you an avid reader as a child? What kinds of things did you read?
I read so much, I used a torch light to read at bedtime. I read more than anyone else in class and sometimes at lunch, I’d walk around with a book in my hand. People made fun of me. But I read so much, my parents tried to ban me from reading. They’d much rather I concentrated on studying.
I read every single Enid Blyton book I could get my hands on. The stories took me to another place. Novels like the Mallory Towers and the St Clare’s series based in boarding schools, really captivated me. I wanted to have midnight feasts and plan practical jokes on teachers like the girls.
As a teenager, I was obsessed with Harry Potter. Actually, I still am and have all the merchandise.
Are your characters based on real people?
I take traits of people I know and mesh them into one character. I even use some of my quirks or experiences and write them into a book.
One time a character in my book crashed into a car because she was looking at a billboard of food. The other car couldn’t start, so she called the cops for traffic control. The cops gave her a fine for “reckless driving.” This happened to me. I was the idiot who called the cops on myself.
What’s something about you that most people wouldn’t know?
I can’t put on a key on a keychain. A skill I never learnt.
Also, I’ve never learnt how to use a washing machine. To be fair, I don’t care enough to learn, especially with my husband doing the washing.
MORE ABOUT THE BOOK
Vanessa Lang lands her dream job at an investment firm, Stone Corp. When her kleptomaniac mother is caught shoplifting, Vanessa is forced to accept a deal with the detective—collect evidence of insider trading at her new job. Investigating Sebastian Stone comes with benefits. The drop-dead-gorgeous CEO introduces her to steamy encounters in public places, and in the midst of it all, she gathers information about his business. She soon has a difficult choice to make…save her mother or protect the man she loves.
— The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 17, 2021
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