February 2019: Hardest Character
~ Viviana MacKade ~
Who was your hardest character to write? And why?
Viviana MacKade said:
Aidan, who takes first, second, and third…
Don’t even need to think about it!
If I had to rank my boys in terms of how difficult it was working with them I’d go with Aidan, Aidan, Aidan, Scott, Rhett, Erik. But Aidan… wow. Man, he had been a pain in my neck since day one.
When I was trying to know him in the beginning, he kept hiding shades of him, things that had happened to him and made him who he was. That forced me to bounce from one character type to another–a bad boy? A lost soul? A betrayed idealist? A broken romantic?
I had to rely on a psychology book, I kid you not, to be able to understand him, really understand him. He’s not crazy, by the way. Just broken. And mad. Then, I started the actual writing, which went pretty much this way: I planned a scene. I started to write it.
Write, write, write.
A couple of hours later I stopped to take a breath, re-read the scene… only to find out he’d taken me, and the whole bloody scene, in a completely different direction. I won’t lie to you, I got pretty mad. Realized his way made more sense–for him, not for the story. Got madder.
And on I went, changing not only the scene but also the entire structure of the book because he threw in something that needed addressing, or did something that changed the course of the story.
He could have just told me so in the beginning but no, he kept to himself, let me plot and plan and then acted the way he pleased, who cares about my plotting and planning, right???
Of course, and I hope all my other Heroes don’t get offended, in the end I had a different connection with him. We both are broken, in a way (although, I learned how to deal with it a bit better than him). After we did all the fighting, we understood each other. He didn’t hide so much anymore, and I learned to trust him more, to follow his lead.
He started healing thank to Summer, and I started relaxing into writing with little direction, something I’m very not used to. And now, he’s the one who touched me the most and who taught me something about writing freely.
Crescent Creek Collection
From the cold Canadian border, the US1 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 US1 like little jewels.
Maybe that town’s name is Crescent Creek.
These are the stories of its people.
All Those Miles I Walked ~ Crescent Creek 1
At eighteen, DJ made a choice–her heart or her dreams. Neither was wrong, yet either would break her heart. She chose the world. Over a decade later, she returns to Crescent Creek and to the one regret she’s ever had–Scott.
Scott’s always been steady as a rocky reef. He’d loved once and when she’d left, his strong heart had crumbled like a sandcastle. Now DJ is back, and Scott wants nothing to do with her. If only Eva, his and DJ’s old friend, didn’t need their help. Because of her, he’s stuck with DJ and he’d be damned, she still gets under his skin.
DJ is a free spirit who needs the road under her feet. Scott is a family man who wants to groom his roots. With danger on their doorstep and a baby to keep safe, how much are they willing to compromise for love?
Painted Love ~ Crescent Creek 2
Thou shalt not steal.
Oh, but Florence had, and would do so one last time. Ten pieces her grandfather painted for her because he loved her. Ten pieces her mother lost, along with anything else, for loving the wrong man. She couldn’t get back everything he’d wasted away, but she’d be damned if she’d give up those paintings.
Easy and genuine, Rhett loves his life–his family, his market, his town. Until he meets a British woman with grey eyes and a cute little smile. The woman he’s been waiting for. The thing is, to love her is easy, but can he trust her?
When Rhett pushes to uncover her agenda, Flo knows she will lose something–the man she loves or what she’d been fighting for years. Which road will she choose?
His Midnight Sun ~ Crescent Creek 3
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 revenge.
Will Aidan and Summer survive the hurricane?
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