Your debut book, Law & Disorder, comes out on 18 March 2019. What was the inspiration for the story?
I’ve watched the TV show Neighbours since I was a child. I used to come home from school, get changed, have a snack then sit down and watch. I love the community behind the storylines and the more lighthearted moments. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to have the heroine and hero as neighbours, but spice things up a little.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
People read romance to escape from their lives. My favourite male heroes are the ones that fights for the woman he loves. Someone that’s strong, a good listener, and really understands the heroine. So nothing like real life! Haha.
What is your favourite genre to read, and why?
Romance. I love being swept away in the chemistry of the characters and the swoon worthy men.
I started writing romance because my husband plays computer games all night. I thought ‘why not invent my own book boyfriend’. I used to read out romance passages to him to give him a gentle nudge. I read all types of genres though – young adult, thriller, murder mystery, fantasy etc.
What were you like at school?
I read all the time. On my school breaks I used to walk around with a book in my hand. Like most writers, I was also (and still am) a massive introvert. I never got into trouble. Maybe was a little bit of a geek, so whenever I receive good reviews, I often find it surprising and flattering.
When did you start writing and what was the catalyst?
I used to write stories at school for fun, but I never thought anything would come of it. So, I did a degree that had nothing to do with writing and started a full-time job in the finance industry. My mum encouraged me to do a creative writing course at RMIT. It’s a short course that runs for 8-10 weeks for three hours a week after work. I loved every moment of the class and ended up doing three short courses. The teachers were so inspiring, and it was great to speak to likeminded people. I workshopped my stories in class and continued with them after the course finished.
To win a copy of Law & Disorder, send me a message on my page, www.facebook.com/livarnoldauthor, with why you want to win. A winner will be drawn randomly on 31 March 2019.
Law & Disorder blurb
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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