Beach bum and country music addicted, Viviana lives in a small Floridian town with her husband and her son, her die-hard fans and personal cheer squad. She spends her days between typing on her beloved keyboard, playing in the pool with her boy, and eating whatever her husband puts on her plate (the guy is that good, and she really loves eating). Besides beaching, she enjoys long walks, horse-riding, hiking, and pretty much whatever she can do outside with her family.
First, introduce yourself for my readers…
Hi! I’m Viviana MacKade hailing from South Florida by way of England and, before it, Italy. I’m the mom of a (often wild) beautiful boy, wife of a (sometimes nutty) scientist, and I’m a novelist.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I guess being from a different country (Italy) always makes me look a bit different. I’m not talking about the fact that I refuse to consider chicken alfredo a real thing, but also in my writing. The way I build sentences, or even the choice of words might be slightly different. Depending on who you talk with, it makes my writing unexpected and different, or not good because it’s different.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Ah, I have so many…
- I dislike phone calls because they always barge into whatever I’m doing and I can’t ignore them. I just can’t.
- Unmade beds–what are we, animals that sleep in a dog basket? The bed needs to be redone daily, and very well. In fact, I’m the only one who can make an acceptable bed for me to sleep in.
- AC set any lower than 75. It makes my nose drip and my eyes water. If I wanted to be cold, I’d go and live in the artic.
- I hate when all those different vegetables, all so tasty that deserves their own space, mix together.
I really could go on and on, but I think I’ll stop here because I already come off as grumpy. Which I totally am.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
In no particular order:
Edward Rutherfurd – London and Dublin
Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
Nora Roberts – anything by her, really.
Marie Force – Fatal Series
Suzan Elizabeth Phillips – It Had To Be You
Jude Deveraux – anything will do well
Wilbur Smith – The Egyptian Series
James L. Nelson – The Norsemen Saga
Bernard Cornwell –anything and everything
Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in a small village in the Piedmont countryside, Pralormo. We have a castle and a sitting Duchess that organizes a yearly Tulip Fest (check it out here http://www.castellodipralormo.com/en/) . We have a nice lake where people go fishing, and our priest, Don Mattia, never wore a long-sleeved shirt (not even when it’s high winter and snowing) (talking about Don Mattia, we are going to spend 3 weeks in Italy during Christmas, and I’ll have to be very careful not to meet him. If he knew I got married in Miami Beach, not in his Church, I’d be in so much trouble….
Growing up there was great. My friend and I would sneak in the fields and ride cows (her family had a dairy farm), and summers were endless and spent playing outside.
If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
My son and my husband. No other way.
Who is your hero and why?
I have 2. My mother’s father, Nonno Angelo, and my husband Marco. I had a crappy father, and let’s leave it at that. But those two, they never let me down and made me see there are good men around. Men that can be trusted and love me no matter what.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Any from the previous list (and His Midnight Sun, maybe?)
Describe your writing style.
Fast, to the point, dialogue oriented.
What makes a good story?
Interesting characters that don’t whine and a plot that makes sense.
How to find time to write as a parent?
Well, now that my son is in pre-K and asked us to stay in school with his friends all day, I have hours to work. Before that he was only half time, which was when I worked. And before that, when I had him all day with me, there was no writing done.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
Nora Roberts, and yes, it was the right decision. I’ve always loved reading, my whole family does it. I don’t have a single image of my mom, or my grandmother, without a book in their hands. But when I was 14, a school friend lent me a book by Her Majesty Nora Roberts and I remember thinking, “wow. I want to do this. I want to give people the same emotions I am feeling while I read. I want to do this”.
A day in the life of the author?
Boring. I think I speak from every Author, or at least the majority of Authors, when I say we accommodate our sweet butts on a chair in the morning, crack out fingers, and off we go into a different reality. Hours later we resurface in the real world, which is always a bit unsettling for the first few instants, and it’s evening, and we have to make dinner for our families.
Or, we sit down and start losing out everloving mind in research, in which case we’re nothing but a bundle of nerves and crabbiness because we can’t find exactly what we need.
Advice they would give new authors?
Believing it’s going to be quick (money, some level of success) and when that doesn’t happen (it does happen to about 0.1% of first time author), they might give up. This is not a sprint race, it’s a marathon. You’re in for the long run, which could mean decades of eating crap before you have some recognition.
How long have you been writing?
Always, but in the past 5 years, I made it into my profession.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
One comes to me for each book. Aidan barged in when I wrote Rhett’s story and never left. But it’s not always the hero. DJ was the first one to wave at me, for example. But it’s usually one that comes to me and lets me know there’s a story to tell, and the others follow.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Only 5? Can really someone describe himself or herself in just 5 words?
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Fighting with Aidan and I’m telling you, there was some fight. I never had a character so hell-bent to have it his way, and NO other way. I like to have a blueprint of a scene as I start writing it. I know where it needs to go and I usually leave the characters free to get there any way they want. But still, they have to get to that point. What happened with Aidan for every given scene was, I’d start writing. Wrote, wrote, wrote, following his lead. And when the scene was done, I’d realize it was not even close to where I wanted it to go. So I had to re-think the whole next scene, and some plot points as well, because he’d dragged me where he wanted to. It was so frustrating.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Everything makes Aidan tick. If I had to pick one, though, I’d say people are his biggest cause of distress (and I’m not ashamed to say that I do understand him there). He doesn’t want anyone, doesn’t like to interact with anyone, but that’s not how the world works.
Summer is very laid back. Being a doctor, she has the helping-others switch always on but even if she were something else, she’d still be chilled. Dealing with Aidan made her loose her cool a time or two, mostly because he could be very unreasonable.
Tormented, fierce, and broken, sculptor Aidan Murphy has judged himself guilty. He yearns for love but pushes everyone away. He longs for acceptance but has lost the key to open his heart. Until he meets Summer Williams. Beautiful and smart, Dr. Williams promises haven for a man who believes he deserves none. All he has to do is let her in and risk his heart and soul.
Summer’s managed to keep her inner light alive, even through tragedy. She’s created a new life for herself and her daughter in Crescent Creek with loving, caring and fun friends–well, except brooding, breathtaking Aidan. She’s used to keeping away from his type, though. All she has to do is ignore the pull of a man who’s turning up to be much more than snarls and storms. Will her compassion and medical instincts let her?
Love can heal a broken soul and shake up a timid heart. Or it can unleash devastation and a thirst for revenge.
Will Aidan and Summer survive the storm?
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