Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi all. I’m Viviana MacKade, born and raised in the north west Italian countryside (honest, it’s a 383 people “town”. Check it out if you don’t believe me https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isolabella). My husband and I moved to the UK (Norwich) in 2007 and came to Florida in 2012. I write romantic contemporary with different degrees of suspense and I’m fighting my way into my first fantasy.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I’ve always loved reading, and I’ve always loved writing. I remember being around 12 and writing a story in a huge notebook. Of course, nothing came out of that. I didn’t even think about writing writing despite my husband always pushed me to it. “It’s your thing”, he’d tell me, and I’d just shrug it off. Until one rainy day (we lived in England back then so yeah, not exactly a shortage of those), with my husband away in Manchester for a conference and no classes to do (I used to teach Italian), I logged into my ancient computer and opened a Word file. That was it. I never stopped typing.
The pic is the very first shot we took (homeless, penniless, and clueless, fresh out of University) after we arrived in the UK. We stayed in Wymondham, Norfolk, for a week as we searched for a place to stay. It was glorious.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I re-released the first book I ever (traditionally) published, Guns for Angels, in June. I had to stop writing for the summer, being the last summer my boy was going to be little and all mine before Kindergarten started. Now he’s off into his first glimpse of the big world, and I’m back subbing and typing. I’m working on a fantasy and I’m having so much fun (and so many headaches) to write it!!! Now I only have to finish the 3rd part. Easy peasy, right?
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
It really depends on the story and the characters. Sometimes, I have to spend a lot of time researching just to plot the story. Other times I can plot it all, but then I’d get stuck days on a scene (it took me 3 days and my Critic Partner’s help to write the stubbing scene for my My Midnight Sun. The problem was not the stabbing itself, but my Heroine’s reaction to it. She’s a GP, and I needed to get right not only what she knew, but also how she would speak to the Paramedic and such). I surely spend some time learning what I can about what my characters do for a living, and that might be a challenge.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I have tidal waves of preferences in the subgenre I like to read. Meaning, for months I’d only read medical contemporary. Then only military. Then historical. I hardly ever read non-romance books. I need that component to get satisfaction from a story. Right now, I’m deep into dark fantasy. I can’t get enough….
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
Halloween. Don’t care for the scary part of it (I’m very, very sensitive to scary things), but my son was born mid-October. I remember being pregnant and having the entire town dressing up with those decorations, more about fall than Halloween, really, but it leads to it. Now, both my boys (husband and son) love that thing, so we decorate big time and we start preparing right after Massimo’s birthday. The picture is of one side of my house last Halloween, and it really does not justice to what they did.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Satisfaction might come but it’ll take time, effort, tears, and a whole lot of stubbornness. Also, do not - I repeat, DO NOT - compare where you are in your writing and/or publishing career to anyone else. That stuff will kill your writing soul. Just keep trudging along, believing in your stories.
City, suburb, or small-town?
Hands down small town. Cities freak me out and suburbs are boring.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate?
Chilly dark chocolate, at least 80%, please.
Alpha, beta, or both?
I love words. I need the entire alphabet.
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Leather, lace, or silk?
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Backs? I love a nice back. It’s so underestimated.
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thank you for having me!
Guns for Angels
June 3, 2019
Romantic Suspense ~ Contemporary ~ Military
My sister was all the family I had. She was taken from me and now, someone wants me dead, too. Not sure why.
I’m sure I’m not going to give my life up, though. I’m not going to let them get away with my sister’s murder.
The new me will try, anyway.
You see, when she was alive I could live in brightness and peace. Now I have to accept the darkness within me. After all, isn’t life about balance? Ironically, the man who can teach me how to embrace the shadows is broken, hopeless, and angry. Mark is also the only one I trust to lead me through my heart’s night, and back into the light.
The one I trust to keep us alive.
A favor to a teammate: pick up two girls in trouble, take them to the Team’s safehouse. Should have been easy. It was not.
Then someone killed one of my team, one of my brothers. Now it’s personal.
They want me, too.
They want me, too. I can deal with that. But they want Ann. The only person who cut through me, who woke me, who grabbed my hand and guided me back into life one smile at the time.
I’ll be damned if I let them have anything.
Not. One. Damned. Thing.
From NY to sunny Miami, Ann and Mark run into a maze of lie, betrayal, and death, where love is the only, terrifying certainty. And when truth unravels, they will have to risk all to survive.
More about Viviana
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.
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