I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from author A. Gavazzoni, who shares the answer to my question...
ELF: What is one of your hobbies and how has it enriched your writing?
AG: When I turned thirty years old, I discovered my French teacher was an astrologer, and I decided to learn astrology. It seemed to me it explained a lot about my behavior, and I wanted to understand myself. After a while, I started to do my friends’ charts, and that helped me to understand the human soul much better.
Astrology changed my life because it allowed me to know how people behave and the hidden motives they have to be like they are. Even my friends, many of whom I had known all our lives, surprised me when I came to understand them and discovered how different they were below the surface, how deep their feelings and dramas were.
Writing is my passion—I fell in love with the process the moment I first put pen to paper. I started off writing short, very amateurish stories, but I never stopped writing. After learning astrology, I decided I wanted to show the world that people should not be judged by their actions or behavior because there is so much more beneath the façade. I wanted to convey the idea that nobody knows what goes within the human soul, or what is hiding behind a smile, what might have caused a bout of temper or a rude remark… I wanted people to consider the possibility that others might be dealing with pain, suffering, and personal battles…that a person might have gone through horrible ordeals and how those experiences played a role in the person they are today.
My hobby taught me to understand life is much bigger and deeper than we can see, and writing allows me to show those things to the world, especially when I write about complex characters that deal with psychological problems. I hope to make people understand there is not such a thing as purely bad or purely good, purely wrong or purely right—there is only life and its shadows, and the sun doesn’t shine the same way for everybody.
by A. Gavazzoni
GENRE: Psychological and erotic thriller
When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, 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, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long 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 and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.
He seemed shy. She sensed it in his sweet smile, the one only shy people use when they want to be accepted. That was her mistake—she believed in the assurance the shy pass to others that they are gentle, calm, agreeable and pose no risks.
“The question I tried to ask before was what is normal sexuality and what is not?”
The way he spoke showed great interest. He looked her right in the eye while awaiting her response and reaction.
“I think I know where you want to go. Who defines normality? Who has the authority to do it? You don’t have a medical background, do you? You’re apparently unfamiliar with diagnostic standards. Is that correct?”
His little smile said “bingo.” Then he said, “Your diagnosis is right on the money. I’m a lawyer. I really don’t have the slightest idea about diagnostic standards.”
This truly surprised her. A lawyer? At a sexology workshop, she would have expected a psychologist or a therapist or a gay person trying to understand himself. But a lawyer?
“And what brings a lawyer to a sexual disorder workshop?”
“I’m here because I need to build a defense in a case involving sex games that led to a woman’s death. I need to understand the subject better so I can do my job.”
Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author. She just won The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice for her first novel Behind The Door and also an honorable mention at Paris Book Festval 2017 Adriana is a lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but she is also a voracious reader. She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout. She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook. She has two poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in the process of writing her next novel.
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