I admit this old man has a crush on Adriana Gavazzoni, so the drool may become evident as you read along.
Best quote of the whole interview:
It was like a multiple orgasm, seriously! Best sensation, ever! -A. Gavazzoni
Gavazzoni is an attorney, a professor of Law and now an accomplished author who has written two well received and award winning novels: Behind the Door and Lara’s Journal. In nonfiction, she has written a law book in her home country of Brazil.
20 Questions with Adriana Gavazzoni who won the Readers Choice Golden Book Award. Her books are also available in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.
If you could go back in time and tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be?
Be patient, my dear!
How did you spend the first bit of money you earned as a published author?
Buying publicity and advertisement to help spread the news about my novels! I’m still doing that, by the way.
How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?
Unfinished? Just one…but it will be done soon, and I hope to publish it in January.
What is your writing process? Or, how many hours a day do you write?
It depends on the day… I try to write at least five days per week, and I set a goal of 1,500 words per day. I will stop only after reaching my goal.
What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why?
When I was a little child, I loved to listen my mom reading Hansel and Gretel, which is called João e Maria in Portuguese. I always wanted to discover a house constructed of cake and confectionery!
When I could read by myself, I was crazy about Around the World in Eighty Days. I always loved to travel, and this book is a wonderful imaginary trip!
On average, how long does it take you to write a book? (First draft, rewrites, edits to finally publishing)
First draft, around six months, and at least another four to complete all edits and publish.
We all get bad reviews sometimes when we publish. How do you deal with bad reviews?
I cry! Kidding. ☺ I see them as an opportunity to improve my work when it’s a consistent review (something more than one person mentions). But I also think it’s possible some people just hate my writing style because they obviously like the genre, and it’s impossible to please everybody.
How would you describe your average reader? Or, do you even have a particular kind of person in mind when you write?
I write for adults, my books are written for mature people who have been through or understand life’s tumultuous times and who have an open mind.
What are your hardest scenes to write?
I’m not fond of describing places. I love action scenes, so describing setting is the hardest part for me.
What is the best way you’ve found to market your books?
Well, I use pretty much everything—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram—and I enroll my novel in blogs, I do blog-tours, I participate in groups, and I believe the combination of all this is the best way to market my books. There is no magical, one way to do this—it’s a mix of different approaches.
What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?
To provide a quality product. To understand that it’s not enough to write a book; you have to give your reader a “clean” book—no mistakes, no grammar errors—presented with a professional layout and a high-quality cover… These are very important things for a new author to understand.
What are some things you’ve had to sacrifice in order to write and publish?
My free time, time with my family and friends, but I love to write, so I can’t say it’s a sacrifice. It’s a choice I made gladly.
How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read? How fast do you read (words per minute)?
Every day, I read a little bit. I use to read around two books per month—one in English and one in French—to keep up with learning new vocabulary. I rarely read in my language, Portuguese, as I have to read a lot of technical, legal books.
Many indie authors live and die by KU (Kindle Unlimited) and the “normalized page read). What are your views on KU, Amazon and where do you think KU will head in the future?
Digital reading is the future, I believe, and Kindle Unlimited is a good way to allow cheaper access to many books. I don’t know where KU is headed; I’m not good at predicting those things, but I like the way it works. I also love paperback, because when a book is good, I can read it first (and quickly) in a digital format, but then I need to own a physical copy!
Many writers find editing drafts as frustrating. How do you edit and what is your process?
I think it’s frustrating ☺ I work with a great editor, Jill Noble-Shearer, and she does the hard job of editing for me. I couldn’t do it without her skills from making certain the translation is accurate to checking grammar, punctuation, etc., in the final edition.
What software do you use to write?
Fans often have a preconceived notion of you. What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn if they really knew you or spent the whole day by your side?
That I’m not as glamorous as my pictures show. I’m a simple girl who loves to walk barefoot, play with dogs, who finds pleasure in feeding savage monkeys that live near my house, and who spends many, many hours alone, reading or writing… Ah…and also, I’m addicted to several television series.
What did it feel like to publish your first book?
It was like a multiple orgasm, seriously! Best sensation, ever!
What are some of the difficulties of writing characters of the opposite sex?
I’ve never thought about it because I love the male world. I have thousands of male friends, and I understand how men think, so I don’t find it difficult. I get inspired by men I know, men I like or despise, and I often translate their personalities into my characters in my books.
If they turned your life into a movie, who would you want to play you? Why?
Good question! I love Sharon Stone; I believe she is sexy, and she has brains. I would like someone like her—a mix of intelligence and sensuality—to represent me.
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