Interview with A. Zavarelli, Author of Contempt

26 Apr 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Contempt?

This book was deeply personal for me in many ways. Ultimately, it’s about two broken people from dysfunctional families overcoming every hurdle life throws their way to be together in the end.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Contempt, what would they be?

“Tomorrow Never Came” by Lana Del Rey for my heroine, and “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love historical, dark, and contemporary romance.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

The ACOTAR series.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

There’s a reunion scene in this book that lives rent-free in my head. I love it so much.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I write with my dog at my side, always.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Focus on the things I can control and let the universe take care of the rest.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Follow your own paths and embrace who you are.


A. Zavarelli is the author of the new book Contempt

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