Interview: Adriana Gavazzoni

For the record, please state your name.
Adriana Gavazzoni, a very Italian name.

What inspired you to become a writer?
I’m a voracious reader; I believe my love for books inspired me to write.

What are your hobbies?
I love to cook, I love to dance and work out daily. I paint (not well, but I still do it), and I’m an amateur astrologer.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about everything. I don’t understand the concept of warm; I do everything with passion, or I don’t do it at all. I’m most passionate about writing.

What interests are you into?
I’m interested in art; I love to learn about painters, and I’m researching Van Gogh’s life right now.

What social media do you use to contact with your fans?
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram—I answer all of them!

What is your username on the different social media platforms?
For Facebook, my username is my complete name—Adriana Gavazzoni. For Instagram it is Adri_Gavazzoni, and for Twitter @a_gavazzoni.

What did you do before you became a published author?
I’ve been a lawyer my whole life, since I was twenty-one years old, for the last twenty-seven years, to be exact.

Do you have another job other than writing?
Yes, I’m an attorney.

How long have you been writing for?
Professionally, for three years, but I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid.

What’s your writing style like?
I believe it’s a combination of persuasive style with narrative.

What’s your favorite genre to write/read in, and why?
I’m a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, because I love to be surprised. I love the unpredictable.

What’s your least favorite genre to write/read in and why?
Terror, I really hate to be scared.

Some writers have something playing in the background. Do you, and what?
Sometimes, yes, but I’m very eclectic; it depends on the day, on my mood, and on the scene I want to create.

What’s the inspiration behind your books?
People and the human behavior, the hidden motives behind every act and attitude. I love human psychology, to try to understand the dramas everyone has.

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?
No, absolutely nothing.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?
Pacing—not pushing the characters and not advancing too much in the story too quickly.

Who are your cover designers?
I just have one, and she is the best of the best, Kelly Ann Martin, a real artist who can read your mind.

What authors are your inspiration?
So many marvelous writers inspired me…to start with, the classical ones, such as Emily Bronte, Stendhal, Dumas, Saad Marquis, Margaret Mitchell…and modern ones, such as Morris West, Marc Levy, Tom Clancy, Dan Brown, John Grisham, and Colleen McCullough…but I could list a hundred here…the poems of Alisson Matos—a Brazilian writer, and poetry from Baudelaire to Allan Poe.

What is your take on fanfiction?
I’ve never thought a lot about it. I just don’t like the idea of someone interfering in the life of one of my characters, but if it’s well written, I suppose it can have its merits, provided it’s not pure plagiarism.

What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone who wants to pick up writing?
Write for yourself; don’t bother with other people’s opinions. Just put your soul in every manuscript you write, and believe you can.

What are your fondest childhood memories?
I have plenty. I grew up in a small town in Brazil, so I had a free childhood, with river bathing, going walking to the school, and playing a lot in the streets with my friends. Those days were very happy for me. My brother and I used to play with a bunch of friends and cousins after school all the time—it was so much fun!

If you don’t mind, tell us a little about your personal life?
I’m forty-eight years old, I’m married, and I have no kids, just dogs. I love to gather friends to cook for them and laugh while we drink a good bottle of wine. I go to sleep early, and I wake up earlier, and I try to lead a life of healthy habits, healthy food, and exercise, and I try to base my life’s actions on the idea of “cause and effect”, so I don’t do to others what I wouldn’t like them doing to me, and I judge very little.

Do you have any causes, charities, foundations that you are passionate about and donate to? if so why?
Yes, I help and donate to a home for abused kids—these children have been removed from their original homes because of some sort of violence or abuse. It’s very sad but very gratifying, and whenever I’m a little bit sad about my life, I go there, and immediately, I count my blessings. All those kids have terrible and sad stories compared to my life. I help them with my donations, but they give me happiness.

How did you get involved?
There is a woman, Maria Elena, she decided to create a place for abused kids, and she convinced me to help her in her project. She is a fighter, and she lives for these children. She showed me the small place she had at the beginning for six kids; it was very poor, but they found so much love with her, I decided to help. Nowadays, a kind businessman built a whole complex for the kids, and we have fifty children. The place is called Santa Elena Children Home as Maria Elena is a very Catholic woman and devout to Santa Elena.

Do you have any pets?
I do! And I love animals. I have two poodles, Gaia and Juno (yes, the Greek goddess) but as I live near a natural reserve, once in a while, monkeys come to the tree near my kitchen window for some bananas, and I consider them family, too.

 

Some fun questions now

 

What age were you when you were first kissed?
I was twelve years old.

Who was your high School sweetheart?
Silvio, he was a guy who used to sing and imitate Elvis Presley.

What did you want to be when you were little?
A thousand different things—from an astronaut to a scientist, and then an engineer or an F-1 pilot.

What is your favorite color?
Red!

What is your favorite food/s?
I love to try different dishes whenever I can. I especially love spicy food, but I don’t have a favorite dish in the world. There are so many flavors to discover.

What are you afraid of?
Rats, I’m really scared of them.

How old were you when you first got drunk?
Accidentally, I got drunk at the age of three. My parents left me home with my grandmother, and I scaled a liquor cabinet and took a good shot of cognac. It was a disaster—almost an alcoholic coma.

What was your first car?
I had a Volkswagen called Gol (goal).

Did you live in a house or apartment when you were a child?
In a house, with a garden and a lot of earth to get dirty.

What was your favorite TV show as a child?
I loved cartoons, like Tom and Jerry.

What was your favorite book?
I had one with a collection of fairy tales, I really loved that: Classic Fairy Tales.

Who did you have a crush on when you were in school and how old were you?
I had a crush on Hermes, the mayor’s son, and we promised each other we should marry when we grew older. We were both four.

Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something not many people know about?
I’m a very friendly and open person, I love a good laugh, and I try not to judge people. I’m very understanding.

Can you share with us the best way to contact you and where to find your work? This is where you have the floor.
My personal e-mail is the best way to reach me adriana@adrianagavazzoni.com
My work can be found at Amazon.com around the world.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us!!!

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