Viviana MacKade talks about writing the first draft but first let’s get to know her.
- When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve never wanted to be a writer, I guess I’ve always been one. My husband has pushed me to start actually doing it since forever, but I had to be ready for it. It’s so not a field of daisies…
- What inspired you to write?
Everything inspires me. I do my things, and stay very open to that sudden sparkle that makes me go, “oh, now that’s something to look into a bit more”. It can happen anywhere and at any moment, but I trained myself to listen to it and don’t let it go.
- Are you a planner or pantster?
I’m in the middle. I like to have a blueprint of what’s going to happen, but then I leave my people free to react to that in any way they want–which means sometimes I have to go back and adjust that blueprint I’m so fond of. Aidan, by the way, was the worst to work with. The man drove me nuts.
- Which of your works is your favorite? Why?
I’m afraid it’s always the last one. Although I have to say, despite how hard it was working with Aida, he and I have a lot of similarities in our lives. I’d say that he’s the one I feel the closest.
- Would you say your stories are plot or character driven?
I think both. My people are the reason for the story, but things happen to them and they react. I never liked this distinction, anyway. Is Jurassic Park (a so-called plot driven story) possible without Alan Grant? And The Great Gatsby has a thing or two going on as far as action goes. So yes, I know there’s a difference, and I think its importance is overrated.
- What do you take with you on vacation?
I try to never forget my husband and son, then my kindle, and my toothbrush. Everything else, I can do without.
- What’s your motto as a writer?
The same I have in life: get knocked down 99 times, get up 100.
- What’s your next project or what is in your future?
I’ll try my hand at Fantasy. I have an idea for what I think will be a great trilogy, which crazy good Heroines.
Any information you would like to share about yourself
That I love lasagna (sorry, I know it doesn’t really make sense but after the Release Week craziness, which I survive with A LOT of junk food, not I’m trying to dial it down back to normality. Which means I’m starving and it’s not even 11 am. Food is always on my mind).
And now for the good stuff…
“Don’t get bogged down”.
Best advice ever, coming from a great author and friend I had the pleasure to work with, Daryl Devoré. I wasn’t born into English, English didn’t come to me (I swear this is what a guy I was teaching Italian to once told me – also, as you read that, cue in magical glitter twirling around as English came to him the day he was born).
See, the thing is, ten years ago I could barely utter hello. Thank god pizza is an international word because it allowed me to survive and yes, once I ordered kidney liver because kidney and kid sounded the same and I thought I had ordered a children’s menu. It was not good.
English is my cross and delight. I love everything about it–its patchwork-like origins, where so many different cultures came together, the sounds, the easy grammar and the sheer amount of words that allows endless shades within a single concept. But it’s not mine. I have to work for it, every single day, for every single sentence. I have grammar books, favorite grammar websites. I banned any book, article, song, even any recipe, in any language but English.
I stress over it, a lot. I’m terrified about re-reading something I wrote (and edited, and re-edited) and find a mistake. Which means, often I get stuck into corrections: is this word right enough? Precise enough? Is simple past or past perfect? Will or would? Dangling modifiers, wrong or weird syntax.
Ah, hell, I got bogged down again and wrote 30 words in an hour.
In my quest for decent English, I tend to forget the sheer joy of simply writing, putting words down and turn something that existed only in my mind into something real.
So now, before I start writing, I chant a minute or two of Daryl’s advice: don’t get bogged down.
The time for stressing about a verb form will come, but it has no room in the first draft, where it’s all passion and mindless creative rush. Which I can’t, I must not, (or learn not to, anyway) bog down.
His Midnight Sun
by Viviana MacKadeTormented, 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 revenge.
Will Aidan and Summer survive the hurricane?
Release September 15, available for pre-sale
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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.
On my website http://www.viviana-mackade.blog/