January 2019: Fact in Fiction
~ Viviana MacKade ~
How much of your real life bleeds over into your books? And do you worry that someone will be able to tell the fact from the fiction?
Viviana MacKade said:
Very little, to be honest.
Every story has a different way of coming into reality through the Author’s work, and one might very well be the Author’s life. That being said, I don’t like it and the reason is quite simple: it’s not my story, not even a bit.
The story is its own, it doesn’t really need to come from my life–which would make it my story, not the characters’.
The same holds true for the characters: no, they are not inspired by people I know. They are who they are, their own people, end of story.
With my last story, His Midnight Sun, I was the one using my Hero’s experience for me, which was very odd and the opposite of the problem mentioned in this post. Aidan, the Hero, and I had a similar youth (I was lucky that mine wasn’t as bad as his, but we still understood each other). As I was with him while he sorted out his demons, I thought, “well, that’s actually a very smart thing to think”. Or, as the Heroine helped him, I found myself saying, “that’s great advice, I can use it!”. I didn’t realize until the end that they were helping me by example, and that while Aidan’s way to get out from the past could only be his, I could use a thing or two from his experience.
But I didn’t start the book knowing what was wrong with him–only that something had hurt him. For sure, I didn’t start thinking I could write my story using his name.
So, to close the post, I’ll say that little to nothing of my life enters into my stories.
And my friends and acquaintances can sleep peacefully because I’d never use them in one of my stories. They can be their horrible, despicable self, and I’ll still not kill them off in a story. Such a gift I give them!
His Midnight Sun ~ Crescent Creek 3
[Contemporary Small Town Romantic Suspense]
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 a thirst for revenge.
Will Aidan and Summer survive the storm?
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