Meet the Author with Viviana Mackade

vivi-author-picHello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Author! Today I am featuring a fantastic author who has graciously agreed to do an interview and share some fun facts about herself. Don’t you just love getting to know your favorite authors? I know I do. So without further ado please join me in welcoming author, Viviana Mackade!!

 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It depends. If the Characters co-operate, the plot unveil smoothly, the Muse is in-house (or, at least, has his phone with him so I can drag his butt back), and the Unicorns show up, then I’m energized. Otherwise, I’m exhausted, and broken, and in a different reality daze. It’s not a pretty sight.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Mine sure was thinking writing a (great) story was all it takes. It’s important, but it’s like a good song. Behind it, there’s a world of work that has little to do with the song and a lot with marketing and the such. You have to do it, even if you hate it.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Being upset with my husband or worried for my kid. Both wipe my brain squeaky clean.

Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Ah, I never thought of it as reader’s block. I got it every time I finish a book a loved. I know that no matter what, I’m not going to enjoy the one I’m about to start. So I pick up a ‘teaching book’, something that teaches me more about the craft of writing and, being a scholar at heart, I’m happy again and ready for a new novel.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I’ll take door number 3, and  say that I go where the story takes me. I don’t think about readers or about being original, it’s difficult enough to keeping up with what happens… 

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

My novels, the one I published and the ones I have in mind or half written, are stands alone. But I want to spend some time in Crescent Creek, the town where Erik and Andrea live. There are so many interesting people there! I’ll stick around, write some Novella about them. 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

All the money spent on editing and promo are money well spent. Beside that, the money I spent on Scrivener. I’m a bit… well, let’s say I’m not overly worried about tidying up the computer, and things just disappeared. With it, I have everything in one place. 

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

I’d teach. I used to do it, and loved it! But if I really had my way, I’d work with horses. Again, I did it and loved it. 

What is your favorite childhood book?

Robinson Crusoe.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I do. Deeply. And I believe in sitting down in front of your computer and getting over it quick.

Meet 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.

Connect with Viviana:

On my website and blog  www.viviana-mackade.com

On FB

On Twitter

On Goodreads

On Amazon Central

Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!

 

 

 

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