Please tell us a little about yourself: Do you have a nick-name? Where are you from? What do you write? Tell us something about yourself that makes you, you. :-)
Hi everyone, for those who don’t know me, I’m Viviana MacKade from South Florida by way of England and Italy. I write romantic suspense, contemporary, and I’m currently trying to finish my first fantasy. I really want to write the word END by the end of May.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I become an author on a chilly British night, while my husband was in Manchester for a conference and I had no lessons (I used to teach Italian) because it was Halloween. It was cold outside, and it night started at like 3 pm, so I opened a word file and started writing. And that was it.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Hands down, it’s the first draft. So much goes into it – time, effort, blood, tears, headaches, self-loathing…
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
It depends on what the characters do. A lot if they had specific jobs/passions that bleed into the story. Less if they do something I know, or if it’s not important for the story.
And how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
All considered, we’re doing well. Not ideal, but when I read of how (way too many) other people are faring, I really should not complain. School in the morning with my 6 YO as my husband works from home, or in the lab where he can safely go during the weekends. He takes over in the afternoons, so I have a couple of hours to work on my blog and novel. My working time has been squished to a bare minimum, but I still get to do some.
What are you doing to cope?
I don’t know if I have coping strategies. As many authors, I’m used to being in my cave for days to an end. Not going out is not something that drives me insane, or that I overly miss. With my mom, brother, and in-laws in northern Italy, though, there’s more worry than usual. I call my mom and brother more to make sure they are okay and following all the safety measures they have. Not that I could do something if they didn’t, but it’s reassuring to hear what they do to keep safe. Also, I banned all social media. What goes on my FB or Twitter account comes only from my blog. The only one I can stand is Instagram, which I enjoy (up to a certain point).
With a very active boy and a girl on the way (week 21 people, belly’s getting impressive) I don’t give myself a lot of time to stress over what I can’t change. And if it gets really bad, a little prayer here and there never hurt.
If you could live in any time in history, when and where would it be?
I’d definitely fast forward to the next 6 months, when all this crazy is settled.
What shows (or movies) have you been watching on Netflix/Hulu/Prime? Anything you’d recommend?
I finally gave up and started Outlander. First of all, be still my heart. And because I knew, always known, how much I would have loved it, I’m happy I waited until now. I can enjoy TV a little more.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors – what do you wish someone would have told you?
Don’t look, or care, about how whoever else’s writing career is going. You are in this, and no one else. The only thing that matters is the work and love you put in your craft.
Any last words before we go into the Speed Round?
All my books are 99 cents for as long as this c@%ap lasts.
In this time of COVID-19, books, movies, or shows?
Outlander and Nora Roberts
Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime?
I can finally say Netflix with assurance, as it gave me my current binge.
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Can cherry cobbler can be considered cake? Please?
Novels, novellas, or short stories?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
I’m 21 weeks pregnant. Right now, I’d say any way I can manage…
Crescent Creek Collection
From the cold Canadian border, the US 1 runs along the east coast with patience. Southbound, always south, until it reaches the Sunshine State.
Not the fastest way, sure, but if you have time to drive it all the way down, you might find yourself lost in one of the coastal towns that dot the US 1 like little jewels.
Maybe that town’s name is Crescent Creek.
These are the stories of its people.
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.