Family Connections

Ray and Viv realise love isn’t always what they expect it to be, but learning to deal with the road ahead can be worth the heartache.

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 Welcome Viv. Glad you stopped by. Please tell us, what do you hope readers take away from this retelling of your story?

To be honest—I hope that they just get it. That the story makes sense and touches them in some way. I’ve never been one to put myself out there on the line until that line was forced on my by interfering friends and family. I want the readers to see that no matter how this started out and even though I may have been a bit of an arse in the beginning things eventually worked out in the end. I also want them to see how happy I am.

What is one thing your storyteller got right?

She listened to what I had to tell her, and even though she sided with Ray more often than not she still managed to show the real me. Insecurities and all.

What is one thing your storyteller misrepresented?

Probably how easy it was for me to switch sides in who my desired lover should be. I mean, I was straight. I’d always been straight and then she kind of pushed Ray right into my line of sight—I never believed in insta-love, so in reality I think it would have been stretched out a little more.

If you could have changed one of your actions – just one – what would it be, and why?

I would have never have let Grace into our lives. I would have…actually I don’t know what I would have done. They say all things happen for a reason. Mistakes sometimes get made and Grace Kennedy is my biggest mistake that I will regret until my dying day.

Who would you want to play you in a movie-retelling of your story? Who would play your love interest?

Shane Brolly—the guy who played Kraven in underworld…NJ says he was the role model for my looks… so I guess he’s as good a guy as anyone.

What is a quote you live by?

Life is like an ice-cream cone – when you think you have it licked – it drips all over you.

Excluding your own, what is your favorite book?

David Eddings: The Diamond Throne—Sparhawk is the best character ever written.

What would you have named your story?

My Knight in Tarnished Armor, but too many people thought it would make people think it was a historical instead of being set in the here and now… Ray once told me I was his night in tarnished armor and I jokingly told him he was my damsel in disgrace. So yeah. I would have called it that.

What event in your life would make a wonderful short-story addition to your story?

If you want something romantic then maybe my wedding day—or, more so my inner thoughts of everything that was happening.

Was there anything your storyteller left out that you’d like your fans to know?

Honestly. I think for people to understand me, they need to see the younger me. Surviving my mother and step-father… it would be sad, maybe even a little scary… but it would go a long way in explaining why I am the way I am.

Were you reluctant to have your story told?

No…Yes… Oh Hell, I was a little apprehensive about people learning all there is to know about me and realising I’m not at cool, calm, and collected as I like people to think I am. It was a little daunting to know the readers were going to see the real me—warts and all, but other than that I was kind of excited for everyone to see that—hey, it really does get better. All you have to do is take that first step.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would like to be more open and honest with the people who are important in my life. I try to be but sometimes I catch myself standing back and watching from the sidelines. Ray is so much better at all this stuff than I am. Most times he sees the whole picture while I just see the part I’m standing in.

Did your storyteller take any artistic liberties? If so, please set the story straight.

Yes… NJ made me more together than I usually am. When reading through the story of my life I sometimes found myself wishing that I was that guy. I was at first reluctant to put myself on display for the world to see—so sometimes NJ needed to give me a little kick in the arse.

In what setting would you have preferred your story to have taken place?

Well, don’t tell anyone but I really am a bit of a sci-fi geek… I would have loved for us all to have lived on a space station. The setting in our story is real—Grandma really did let us move in and take over her house. I know she’d share my vision of living on a space station—it’s never mentioned, but Grandma is a secret Star Wars fan. Her and I have spent a few afternoons watching the movies.

Your storyteller told some pretty embarrassing tales about you. Is there any secrets you’d like to share about them?

I will deny I ever said this if she finds out, but… NJ once went screaming bare-arsed naked up the street when a huge spider jumped on her in the shower. She had the shower curtain in her hand as she ran 4 doors down demanding her friend get the spider off of her. True story I tell you—one of her neighbours said those that were home and in the yard gave her a standing ovation. She has never lived it down…Did I mention she is terrified of spiders?

Retell your story in a haiku.

I’m not good at this sort of thing but here goes.

Crazy filled life

Finding true love

Lasting forever and a day

I’d just like to add that I’m a researcher, not a poet…

Sounded great to me! Let’s pretend your story is being made into a musical. What’s the name of your song?

Don’t Ever Let It End—by Nickelback.

Pick a scene in your story. What song is playing in the background?

The scene where Ray walks in on me and Grace in the office. Maybe this is just me be spiteful, but this song is aimed at Grace and not Ray or myself… Theory of a Deadman’s: The Bitch Came Back.

Great songs! What is your favorite chapter of your story?

Chapter 3, because it’s where Ray’s and my story really began. If Girly and Dan hadn’t decided to interfere than we wouldn’t be sitting here having this chat today.

If price was no consequence, what gift would you buy your love interest?

Anything he wanted. Ray deserves it all.

What first attracted you to your love interest?

His crooked smile.

What surprises you most about your love interest?

His heart and how much capacity he had to love everyone in his life

At what moment did you know you were in love?

When I was sitting on the plane and I said the words out loud, and for the first time it finally clicked that they were no longer just words. I wasn’t playing a game anymore—for me it was scarily real.

If you could watch your love interest’s childhood as a film, would you?

Only if he wanted me to. I know there are some things in his past that are painful and better left where they are. I know I’d love to see a montage on all the gigs they’d played over the years.

What is one moment in your love interest’s life – before you met – you wish you could have experienced?

I wished I could have been with him the day he found out his sister had left him as guardian of his niece. Ray and Girly are really close. He’s a great father but I would have liked to have been there for the early years. I know the time wasn’t all roses and candy that there were some hard things and I wish I could have been the one to support him—thank God he had Grandma.

Put three items in a time capsule you will open in 25 years. What are your items?

  • Our first family photo. To show people our story is real.
  • A David Bowie CD, so everyone else gets a chance to listen to a legend.
  • A beer glass with the Declan’s logo. As my nightclub is where I first laid eyes on Ray.

Thank you so much for being here today, Viv! I’m sure my readers are excited to read your story!

Let’s learn a little bit more about N.J. Nielsen

NJ needs to write like she needs to breathe. It’s an addiction that she never intends to find a cure for. When you don’t find NJ writing about the wonderful men in her stories you find her reading work by others who she greatly admires. NJ lives in the SE of Qld, Australia with her family who all encourage her writing career even if she does occasionally call them by her character’s names. NJ thinks that anyone taking the time to read her stuff is totally awesome.

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