It’s always fun to showcase new authors and find out about their author’s journey.
Today we feature Adriana Gavazzoni. (Come on, that’s an awesome name. Gavazzoni.)
A lawyer and professor of law, Adriana writes novels and legal books. “I’m a very active person and love to dance, exercise and travel.”
Adriana speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish (I barely speak one), and she’s currently studying Chinese! “I hope to master it someday but it’s been a challenge!”
Enjoy 20 questions with Adriana, her Antonio Banderas obsession, and the blurb to her new novel below!
1) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took me six months, at least a thousand words every day
2) That’s pretty fast for a first book, and I love the dedication to daily word count. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I can dream about having Julia Roberts as Simone and Jaime Alexander as Lara. For the men’s roles, I really don’t know… I would have to think about that.
3) I’m available. I recently played the president on a small role. Just sayin’. Which living author or blogger would you buy drinks for? You can say me…
I would buy a whole dinner for John Grisham and Jo Nesbo.
4) Or you can say John Grisham and Jo Nesbo. What makes you so damn interesting anyway?
A cocktail of craziness seasoned with high doses of optimism and good faith.
5) Sounds like an awesome combination! Tell me, what’s something most readers would never guess about you?
I have a platonic love for Antonio Banderas, and I’m totally disorganized.
6) A disorganized lawyer could be trouble. What about this: what’s the strangest place you’ve gotten a great story idea? Describe in detail. Inquiring minds want to know!
I was in a funeral…people were crying around me…and I thought…I have to kill someone and do a funeral like this in my next novel!
7) Awesome. And spoken like a true lawyer. What’s the oddest or most awkward or embarrassing research you’ve had to do?
I decided to interview a policeman to know about sperm traces and to know if there is a kind of sperm identity bank the American police can access… Of course, I had to explain I was a writer and not a murderer…
8) That helps. Writers can get away with anything. It’s one of the job perks. How did you choose the genre you write in? Or did it choose you?
It chose me… I started writing a romance…all sweetness and honey…and suddenly, my crazy characters started to kill, have wild sex, and held a carnival inside my mind… I had no choices. None at all!
9) That’s hilarious. No, you are not to blame at all for what they did, author! Can you wash light and dark clothes together? Have you even turned a bunch of stuff pink in the washer?
I can’t wash clothes, but If I did, they would come out pink, I’m positive. The only thing I can do well inside a house is cooking…the rest, I’m a perfect disaster.
10) I hear you have some very exciting news! Can you share it with us?
Yes, the sequel to Behind The Door is coming soon…
11) How do you decide on a title for your book?
The same way I decided my novels’ genres… They just sprout in my mind.
12) What’s a good writing secret or time management secret?
Time management? What’s time management? Write whenever you can, as soon as the idea comes to your mind…or take notes.
13) Coffee addict? Name your poison.
My poison is coffee, five doses a day, at least!
14) What’s your favorite food?
Well I eat pretty much everything, but I’m crazy for cheese, all the three hundred kinds they have in France, but I’m also allergic to milk protein…so…it’s also a poison to me, and I have to avoid it as much as I can. L
15) Which project took you farthest out of your comfort zone?
Publishing my work and exposing myself to the world with it… I found this very difficult, as I’m a very private person.
16) It’s a big step for anyone, exposing yourself to the world. That’s happened here a few times. Can’t say I minded it… What’s one thing that send you completely off the rails when you’re writing?
Being called back to Earth, having to leave the imaginary world to come back to reality, by someone calling me on the phone.
17) If writing suddenly made you rich and famous, what would you do?
I don’t have big material dreams, but I love to travel abroad. I believe I would travel more often. And of course, I would give up being a lawyer to be a writer full time because that’s my dream.
18) Do you hate cats?
I love animals, in general, but I’m more a dog person. I prefer to have someone waiting at the door, wagging his tail for me, than someone who only wants to be spoiled…
19) Most writers are a bit shy. Is that how your friends would describe you (shy), or do you have your readers fooled?
I’m reserved, but I’m not shy at all. I’m a lawyer; attorneys can’t be shy, or their adversaries will swallow them!
20) Did you ever have a job where they were strict about shined shoes and stuff?
I have…I’m a lawyer… It’s all about high heels and suits… My dream is working while wearing sweating pants and hoodies, but I don’t believe they’ll allow me to enter a court room dressed that way.
21) Have you ever spent time with anyone famous? Was there any ransom involved?
I spent a lot of time with a kidnapped Antonio Banderas…in my mind…and as the imagination is all mine, he never asked to be released…
Hey, gang, check out Adriana – I mean, check out the blurb for her book, Behind The Door:
When the beautiful architect Lara dies at Manhattan lawyer Mark’s hand during a sex game at her summer house in the Hamptons, Carl, Mark’s defense attorney, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Mark has written a detailed account of his steamy, yearlong relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex partners to an ambitious mother and interesting and hilarious psychiatric patients, from New York to Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.
And here’s how to reach Adriana: