Good morning, dear readers!
Today I have a special interview for you all with Livy Jarmusch from Crown of Beauty magazine! We are going to be discussing specifically the coming release of her new book Secrets of Royalty! You can also read my review of her new book at the bottom of the interview! :)
Are you ready? Let's have some fun!
Bella: Thank you so much for joining us for an interview today, Livy! I’m glad to have you!
Livy: Awe, thanks so much Bella! It's an honor to be here! I love everything you're doing with the King's Princess, and your message behind it. It's always so much fun to connect and chat with sisters in Christ who have similar passions!
Bella: Thank you so much, friend! To start off the interview, how long have you been writing? What’s your favorite part about the writing process?
Livy: Well, I've been writing ever since I learned how to pick up a pencil and start spelling! (Not that anything was ever spelled correctly in my earliest stories, haha.) I've always had a super active imagination, so as a child I was telling stories all the time in my creative playtime. I loved books, and the library was like my second home, so once I realized that I could write my own goofy little stories even as a child, I was hooked! When I was in Kindergarten, I told my teacher that I wanted to be an author when I grew up, so the desire to write was just something I was born with.
Oh, and to answer your second question...wow, that's a tough one! I'd say that my favorite part about the writing process is that moment of fresh inspiration. Whether it comes while I'm laying in bed trying to go to sleep, or listening to music, or praying, I get so excited every time a new idea pops into my mind!
Bella: Where do you most often find your inspiration for writing?
Livy: My biggest inspiration for writing comes from my time with Jesus. God is the King of creativity, and when I'm with Him just worshiping and dwelling in His presence, new ideas are conceived, and then the words just pour out! There are times when the writing process is so enjoyable and effortless, and I know that it must be God releasing His creativity through me! In fact, if I'm not going to God to be my source for inspiration and encouragement, then everything can get blocked up. Jesus said, "Whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from within them." (John 7:38). I feel like when I write, it's a way that those streams can flow out of me.
Bella: Do you mind telling us a little bit about your new book Secrets of Royalty? What was your favorite part about writing this book and why is it important to you?
Livy: Absolutely! So, Secrets of Royalty is an allegorical fairy-tale about an orphaned captive who lives in a nightmarish place called the Worthlessness Camp. It's a place of chains and torment and lies. Nobody would ever want to live there! Sadly, so many of us do. Our generation daily struggles to try to escape from this place of worthlessness in their own minds. In the story, a glimmer of hope is suddenly seen on the horizon as a Prince riding on a white horse rides in to save the day. Jesus rescues the helpless captive and sweeps her into the royal courts of His Kingdom. But happily ever after has not yet arrived, and the grand rescue is only the beginning! This orphan then goes on an exciting (and sometimes terrifying!) journey through the ups and downs of her life-changing transformation process, learning to think like the Princess that she is, rather than the pauper that she used to be.
Following the fictional story, is a 31 Day Devotional that takes you through a similar journey in your own life, powerfully changing the way that you think about yourself, your relationship with God, and the world around you. Needless to say, I am SO excited about this book! I believe that it is going to release so many teens and young women from chains and fears that imprison our minds, and bring us out into a greater place of freedom and understanding in our royal identity in Christ!
My favorite part about writing Secrets of Royalty was the fact that I was going through a journey quite similar to the princesses in our story! It took several years to write, because I had to wait on God chapter by chapter, to see what He was going to have happen next! This book is so close to my heart, because I feel like it is a beautiful love letter from Jesus, written to the ladies of this generation. I'm just so honored that God allowed me to take part in this whole process, because I really feel like the Lord was holding the pen, instead of me.
Bella: Would you mind telling us a little bit about your magazine and your first book?
Livy: Crown of Beauty Magazine is a website for princess warriors and future world changers! (Which, if you're reading this, that would be you! ;) We have tons of articles, interviews, encouraging advice, and devotionals on our site, as well as full issues to read online. Our purpose is all about reminding girls about their value and worth in Christ. Our first book, Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns covers a variety of topics such as true beauty, relationships with guys, etc, and features some spectacular interviews with Moriah Peters, Kari Jobe, for King and Country, the Duggar Girls, and many others!
Bella: Where can the readers find and purchase your new book when it is released? And do you have any social media where they could follow you and keep up with your future writing projects?
Livy: Our release date is this September! You can find Secrets of Royalty on our website! (www.crownofbeautymagazine.com) It will also be available on Amazon, and Kindle Books. :)
Our social media handles are:
Instagram - @crownofbeautymagazine
Twitter - @FoReVeR_ShineOn
Bella: It was great having you, Livy! Thank you for being an inspiration and I pray God blesses your new book! <3
“Livy’s writing style is so genuine and real. From what I’ve read of Secrets of Royalty, I was captivated by the story that it tells and the truth of it. I found myself smiling and holding back tears at certain points as it so perfectly describes our situation in life. I absolutely loved it! The story she shared described how much our Prince loves us and desires a relationship with us no matter how many times we turn and run away. The parallels she portrayed in her story were so real and relatable. Secrets of Royalty is for sure going to be a book to engage and inspire you in your journey as a princess of the King of kings. Whether you have been a Christian for many years or are just now seeking to know more about what it means to know Jesus, this book will encourage you. Every girl should read it. Keep up the great work, Livy!”
Isabella Morganthal (20) is a homeschool high school graduate who loves Jesus with all of her heart. She is a drummer, writer, creative arts director, and modern-day abolitionist.