On Being a Small Press Author – Lisette Brodey

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 twice a week until December – it’s a neat way of finding out how similar authors can be, and yet so different.


Today, we’re talking with Lisette Brodey, one of the first women I spoke with when I was first getting started. She has written several books and we distribute them for her. Her books are Crooked Moon; Squalor, New Mexico; and, Molly Hacker is Too Picky! I met Lisette on line and asked her if she’d be interested in coming on board as a partner. I liked her professional online presence and of course, her writing. She’s an active writer and I love how she maintains her online friends and colleagues. I also appreciate how she’s trusted us with her ‘babies’ and in working with her, I always know I have an ally.

1. The first book I can remember reading is: The first books I remember being read TO me are poetry books: A Child’s Garden of Verses and Told Under the Blue Umbrella. It would be fascinating to know the first book I read, but I have no idea.

2. The first book I ever wrote was: Squalor, New Mexico.

3. An “average” day in my life goes like this: The first thing I do is check my email, make quick social media rounds, then decide what I’m going to work on that day. I usually battle through a great number of distractions, take time out to walk, and if the day goes well, I’ll end up having accomplished something I can feel good about. While I love having a day where I’ve written quite a bit, it’s not the number of words I’ve written, but how well I like them.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: Michelle Halket contacted me when she first started ireadiwrite as a boutique bookstore and asked me if I was interested in having my work included.

5. The last book I read was: The Hambledown Dream by Dean Mayes. What a great read!

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: Someone to go outside and make sure that all woodchippers and loud machinery are turned off. 🙂 I need quiet. It helps to have my desk straightened up. It helps a lot. But most importantly, I need to know where I plan to take my writing that day. When I have a specific direction, I’m much more likely to be successful.

7. My ‘day job’ is: I am a member of SAG-AFTRA and work as a background actor, mostly in TV and films.

8. I carve out time to write by:  Digging a hole in the ground and crawling into it. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: Communication with friends, cleaning chores, and just some plain old-fashioned down time.

10. I am currently working on: A young adult paranormal book. No vampires or werewolves. Just some strange happenings!

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from:  my mother and it was: “pretend that every word you write costs you a dollar.”

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Have a general idea of the beginning, middle, and end of your story. Know where you’re headed and then enjoy the crazy detours getting there.

5 thoughts on “On Being a Small Press Author – Lisette Brodey

  1. stuartrossmccallum

    Hello Michelle & Lisette:

    Thank you both for a wonderful and insightful interview. Like Sheri, I love all of Lisette’s novels, and I am eagerly awaiting number four. Lisette has an engaging, professional, and friendly online presence which people automatically gravitate towards.

    Thanks again for sharing a little more about one of today’s great character-driven novelist.

    Best, Ross 🙂

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