By A. Gavazzoni – author of Behind The Door and Lara’s Journal
Simone is one of the main female characters in Behind The Door. She is a strong and successful, forty-year-old psychiatrist, professor, and mother.
I created this character based on some wonderful women I know. These ladies are beautiful, intelligent, independent, and looking for love.
I always ask to myself why such women are alone. Why they can’t find “the one”, and the answer is simple—they live life their way. They fought hard to succeed in theirs careers, to have good jobs, to create their own history, and they are not going to settle for someone just so they don’t have to sleep alone. They want a person to complete them, to add to their lives.
Those women are not looking for a man who will support them financially or who will demand to become the center of their lives; they are looking for someone to share their success and to share an emotional connection. It’s as simple as that.
On the other hand, I’ve seen the way some men react when they meet this kind of woman. While some men love a strong, independent woman, others become frightened or intimidated. They cannot understand or relate to her self-determining lifestyle and her objectives in a relationship.
I wanted to provide an inside look at this kind of woman’s life.
As I mentioned, Simone is forty years old. This is another subject I wanted to touch upon—how hard life can be for a woman this age. Half her life is gone, but there’s so much more to see and do, and some people just forget that. Middle age can be a devastating time for some people—men and women—so I wanted to show how a woman of forty is the same as a woman who is twenty years younger. She wants the same things—to love, to seduce, to succeed in love… There is much to be said about the value of an older woman. She is wiser, and she knows her potential, and she has much more she offers in a relationship than she needs to take.
Writing Simone was a pleasure and also a tribute to all the modern females I know—my friends, cousins, and all the strong women of the world who struggle to be happy, doing the best they can in all corners of theirs lives. I’m proud of you all!
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