1--What is the title of your latest release?
KING OF FLESH AND BONE
2--What is it about?
At its core, this dark fantasy romance is about how love can turn us into fools for liars and monsters. The book asks the reader if villains deserve to be loved, and if we can root for such a couple against the guidelines of morality. As for the overall story, you’ll have to go in blindfolded, letting the first chapter give you a good spin.
3--What do you love about the setting of your book?
I love how dark and forlorn it is, allowing my gory and macabre side to come out and play a little.
4--How did your heroine surprise you?
Ada turned out to be much stronger than I first anticipated. Even though the book packs some serious angst, she remained rather level-headed throughout, using her brain to assess the situations and come up with plans.
5--Will readers love your hero?
No, because there is no hero in this book. There is, however, a villain readers will hate to love. I have no intentions of redeeming him because, well… villains do it better.
6--What was one of your biggest challenges while writing this book (spoiler-free, of course!)?
Staying true to the character arcs I chose for Ada and Enosh. It’s not easy to make a reader fall in love with a villain without redeeming him. As for Ada, she will have a character arc in book 2, Queen of Rot and Pain, that is seldomly done in fiction, and certainly not in romance. Writing that took lots of chocolate and pacing my office.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
Every sentence I write goes through at least three rounds of edits before I actually type it. For a long time, I listened to all the advice out there, trying to push myself to write a first draft. In the end, I had to accept that I’m not that type of writer. I don’t write fast, but what I write requires little to no editing and almost never any revising.
8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?
Chocolate in any form.
9--Describe your writing space/office!
I just moved to Texas and am currently setting up my new office. It’s a large room with plenty of light, modern and airy. Having enough wall space is crucial to me since I work with Post-Its a lot. I also have a massive whiteboard for brainstorming, a treadmill so I can walk while I write (yes, it truly works), and a comfy chair in the corner by the window for thinking thinky thoughts.
10--What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
QTP. Question The Premise. What works for 99% of writers might not work for me. Writers, teachers, and gurus love to preach how we just “have to get the story out in a first draft” or “stop editing as we write”. Not only is it untrue for me but causes me frustration and stress I don’t need. Becca Syme from the Better Faster Academy truly helped me understand how my writer brain works, and how to trust my process, no matter how odd it may seem.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
It didn’t change my life, but it certainly sparked my love for dystopian and dark fantasy worlds. Too bad that I don’t remember the title. I was in elementary school when I read it. A story about children who grew up during famine. Could have been set in Ireland, but it was an alternative world since there were no adults. As a kid at the age of 8 or so, the idea of having to fend for myself and group together with other kids fascinated and terrified me.
12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.
Few know this, but I’m from Germany and traditionally published books there many years ago. When I finally felt brave enough to publish in English, going indie was a no-brainer to me. I enjoy having full control over the content of my books, especially when it comes to stories written under Liv Zander. I promised myself that Liv would write whatever she wants whenever she wants to. No compromises. No doubts. Trad publishers would pull their hair out if they needed to deal with that attitude.
13--What’s your favorite genre to read?
My TBR is an electronic dumpster fire with random books tossed together from any and all genres. I might read an alien romance one night, then a fictional biography about the last princess of Korea the next. And how about we toss a horror in there? Or a book about 20 ways to make pancakes?
14--What song will automatically put you in a good mood?
I wish there was such a song because I’d listen to it every day. If I ever find it, I will let the world know.
15--What is your favorite season?
None. Weather and I are not on good terms. Whatever you would call the season inside my office. That’s my favorite.
16--What is your favorite way to practice self-care?
Truth be told, I don’t give self-care enough time. But when I do, I usually seek out silence. Nothing refreshes me more than a drive in the car, or an hour away from the loud noises of my personal life.
17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
Euphoria. The people are so gloriously messed up in that show, it’s such a delight to love and hate them in a constant pendulum.
18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Whatever I didn’t have to cook myself.
19--What do you do when you have free time?
As a full-time author and homeschooling mother of 2 young boys, I don’t have much free time. When I do, I love to go to the museum, try out new recipes, or sit in my chair in my office to daydream.
20--What can readers expect from you next?
The second book in my Pale Court Duet, QUEEN OF ROT AND PAIN, will publish at the end of June. After that, Liv will hide in her office for a bit until she comes out with another dark fantasy romance about a sexy villain that readers will hate to love.
The Pale Court
A Dark Fantasy Romance
Worse than a ruthless king... is a king obsessed.
Isolation, darkness, and rotting flesh,
Surrounds me, suffocates me,
But I am the vile ruler who controls it all.
I long for warmth,
Yet, all that I touch,
Then, she stumbles in to my domain,
Lost and frightened,
Alone and confused.
And I terrify her even more.
She calls me the devil,
So I show her pleasure,
Like only the devil can.
I am the heat that stirs her flesh,
The longing that trembles her bone.
She begs her body to refuse,
To escape my embrace,
But I am her master,
The puppeteer of passion.
I am the King of Flesh and Bone.
Welcome to my court, little one.
King of Flesh and Bone is a full-length dark fantasy novel, and book one in The Pale Court duet. The two-part story features a ruthless man, the woman who can't escape his love, and a HEA. This world contains dark themes, violence, loss, and elements of horror some may find disturbing, and readers can find more detailed information on www.livzander.com. What this book doesn't contain is a hero - because villains do it better.
Fantasy Dark [Ink Heart Publishing, On Sale: April 21, 2022, e-Book, ISBN: 9781955871013 / ]
Liv has an unhealthy love for sexy villains. To cure herself of her poor choice in men, she's currently undergoing therapy, but who can afford that these days? To fund her co-pays, she's writing deliciously dark fantasy romance about the men who would burn the world to the ground for their women. Is that counter-productive? Probably, but it's also a lot of fun.
When she's not joking around, she can be found procrastinating in her office with a mug of coffee or a glass of wine (depending on time of day and how miserable the writing is going). Oh, she also loves skulls. And ravens. And skulls.
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