Running a small press is just like running a business with a group of employees – well almost. I don’t actually get to see them every day and we can’t gather around the water cooler to chat. Since we all see each other only virtually, I thought it might be nice to ‘introduce’ our authors to both each other and their readers via a series of short interviews. These interviews will run every couple of days for the next month or so – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.
Today, let’s get to know Beverly Cialone. She’s a master of romance and one of our original authors. Now, all her books are published under our Everheart Books imprint. I have had the pleasure of working with Beverly for over three years and she’s a prolific writer who keeps me, umm – interested – with her fun and engaging romance and erotica titles. She’s a great lady and I’m glad she’s stuck around so long.
1. The first book I can remember reading is: Like It Is, which was a book for young girls (think pre-teen). It was a series of short stories, most were dramatic. The one I remember most was about a brother and sister who found out their mother had cancer. The girl found out first and had to break the news to her brother. I enjoyed the book very much.
2. The first book I ever wrote was: The first “official” book I ever wrote was The Gift. I say official because I spent years, not to mention countless packs of loose-leaf paper and notebooks, writing.
3. An average day in my life goes like this: I work for the US Postal Service, but I am not a full-time employee. On the days I’m not scheduled to work, I am still “on call,” so I usually get up and wait to see if I’m going to be called in to work. If not, I check my email, Facebook, and then I usually get some writing in. Some days I play my favorite computer game, The Sims.
4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: Originalpoetry.com. I decided to submit my book because: I had promised myself that by the time I turned 40, I was going to try to get published. It was definitely time!
5. The last book I read was: Do Dead People Watch You Shower?
6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: Privacy! Sometimes I need music as inspiration, sometimes I prefer silence. And I ALWAYS have to have my favorite beverage on hand—a tall glass of cold, sweet tea!
7. My ‘day job’ is: Mail Carrier.
8. I carve out time to write by: Getting up before the rest of my family does.
9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: Sleep!
10. I am currently working on: The third and final book in my trilogy, Sangria Nights Part 3: Full Circle. I am also working on another romance, as well as yet another book which is a combination of romance and erotica.
11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from: My mother and it was: “You can do anything and be anything you want to, all you have to do is put your mind to it.”
12. The best piece of advice I would give is: “Be true to yourself. Follow your dreams.”