Interview with Livvy Foster

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Growing up I always wanted to be a Fiction Author but somehow found myself in Non Fiction. My first book was a novella about a woman who finds secret letters from her deceased mother she never knew. It was a great experience writing it and that gave me the confidence to realize writing is what I want to do.
What is your writing process?
When I write Nonfiction I usually start by getting all my topics in a document and then every day I write one to three chapters of the book. I don't outline any further than that because I like to write naturally with my natural voice and see where the topic takes me. I usually like to write in my living room or at my desk with a cup of coffee (I like ice coffee).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever "read" was a short book in Afrikaans in Grade one that only had pictures and no words. It had a big influence on me because it showed me I can create stories on my own without needing someone else to tell it for me. It really was the first time I created something out of nothing on my own.
How do you approach cover design?
I surprisingly design my covers in good ol' Microsoft Paint. I used to create intricate drawings on there and cover design was just the next step. I like to keep my covers as minimalist and possible with text that stands out from the cover. I really love using Freepik for my covers. They have a lot of great pictures that really works for the design I'm trying to achieve.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I've always loved middle grade books and till today my favourite middle grade books have never changed. I love Cathy Hopkins (Mates Dates was my everything), Claire Robinson, James Howe, Lauren Brooke, Francine Pascal, Jacqueline Wilson (My favourite one will always be Dustbin Baby) and many more.
What do you read for pleasure?
I guess it's appropriate since I am a Nonfiction author but I love reading Nonfiction. I love reading about the publishing industry, about building habits, about writing methods and practices. I really want to write about writing one day as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is Amazon Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm currently experimenting with the "free promotion" method and will eventually charge for my books at a higher price.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I honestly need to get a plant to make it pretty haha.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in South Africa. It really kept me humble because I didn't fixate over materialistic things even though I had many. It made me see details and appreciate everything around me more. It also made me very good at understanding other people and that's the reason I write today. I write because I want to understand myself and others more and every time I write a book I learn so much.
When did you first start writing?
I was a late bloomer in the sense of writing. I first started in 2008 but never stopped from then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Think Positive - Tips and Tricks to a Better you (the first book in the "Build a Better You" Series) and it really stems from my own need to create a habit of thinking positive. I like to write about subjects that I struggle with myself because it really comes from a sincere real place.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always knew I would never stand a chance with traditional publishing, especially since it's so hard to get published traditionally where I live and when indie publishing became a reality it changed my world. It made me realize that I didn't have to be a scholar or have a lot of money or wait for someone to tell me I'm worthy, to become an author. Without indie Publishing I would never have been able to do what I love.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a voice and I think that's the most important aspect for a writer. I believe all writers write because they want to be read, they want to make a difference. And Smashwords has really shown be that it's possible for me to make that difference.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing I created something out of nothing. And definitely telling the "story" or "lessons" to myself while writing it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I wouldn't be here without them.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another book in the "Build a Better You" series. It will be another book on "Thinking Positive". After that I'm planning on publishing my other book on Thinking Positive that I can't currently publish because of contract stipulations with another publisher. I'm planning on writing for a long long time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Seth Godin, Jeff Goins, Nina Amir, Angela Booth and many more
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I can become a successful author one day. Writing keeps me alive.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm reading, a lot, and I also love visual stimulation so I tend to watch a lot of writing videos on YouTube. Some of my favourites are ClaraReadsBooks, Kristina Horner, Overall Adventures, Molly Reads and Writes, Pickleheartsbooks, Clare Kauter (also one of my favourite authors) and many more.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually discover them on Kindle. I often read a lot of books on writing and sometimes memoirs and crime memoirs.
What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
I hope to make a difference in someone's life. I used to be that lonely kid that went to the library and in the midst of all her books found friends, understanding, and comfort. I want to have that effect on someone.
What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
I hope to make a difference in someone's life. I used to be that lonely kid that went to the library and in the midst of all her books found friends, understanding, and comfort. I want to have that effect on someone.
What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
I hope to make a difference in someone's life. I used to be that lonely kid that went to the library and in the midst of all her books found friends, understanding, and comfort. I want to have that effect on someone.
Published 2018-01-10.
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