Balancing Life and Writing by A Gavazzoni – Guest Blog and Giveaway


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Balancing life and writing

To write is a passion, and writing is my life.

My world is very crazy sometimes. I’m an active lawyer, I have many clients, and I have a husband and my dogs who need my attention. I also have friends who need a shoulder, sometimes, or just to spend some laughing together, and I can’t simply stop everything and write. For a long time, I suffered, trying to find a way to balance everything.

As writing is a pleasure for me, my time to dream and live another life, I used to feel guilty whenever I set aside my other responsibilities to write. On the other hand, I used to feel guilty when I was doing other things and was not putting my ideas and my stories down on paper, because I was afraid they would get lost.

Organization helped me. I start to organize my time, determined to have it all. I always kept an agenda for my legal activities, so I decided to start keeping one for my entire life.

I messed up in the beginning because I divided my time between working as a lawyer and writing, and I failed to factor in any “play” time. But then I realized how important it was to maintain my connections with other people who enrich my life. My friends and my personal life are very important to help me build my characters and to have stability to write.

Life is about all sorts of things—work, love, playing, laughing, experimenting new things, and experiencing all these things is what I believe makes me a better writer, one capable of writing about the human soul. A little bit of understanding about the importance of things and bringing some order to the chaos allowed me to become a better writer and to accomplish all the tasks with a happier attitude.

Writing is not about isolation; writing is about living.

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.

Enjoy an Excerpt

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.”

About the Author: 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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