On Being a Small Press Author – D.E. Hall

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 hearing from D.E. Hall, one of our very first authors to have their book distributed by us. I met Don through another author and his book THE GUARDIAN continues to sell three years after we put it out there. I unfortunately don’t get to chat with Don all that much, but it’s nice knowing that he and his book are still around.

1. The first book I can remember reading is:  Moby Dick

2. The first book I ever wrote was: Sin City Vendetta

3. An average day in my life goes like this:  I go to work, come home, news/dinner, try to squeeze in a hour or so of writing, walk my dog, to bed early.  4 am comees early.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from a publisher search. I decided to submit my book because at the time, it was fairly new and up coming.  I felt that it could only grow from there and I could possibly find a new reader base.  I felt I was getting in at the ground floor.

5. The last book I read was:  Andrew Vachss – “Another Life”

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: Solitude, maybe some smooth jazz or even classical music, but mainly solitude with no interuptions.

7. My ‘day job’ is: A locksmith at the Temple, TX VA

8. I carve out time to write by:  If a thought comes to me, if I’m at home, I just stop what I’m doing and sit down and write.  I live alone so it’s pretty easy.  If a thought comes in the middle of the night, I’ll either jot a note or sometimes will get up and write at that time.  If I’m at work or out, I keep a tablet with me and go at the notes I’ve made as soon as I get home.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: The only thing I feel that I sacrifice is time spent doing other things I enjoy like woodworking and reading.  I live alone, so there’s no problem with time sharing.

10. I am currently working on: The sequel to “The Guardian”, a rewrite of my first book “Sin City Vendetta” and trying to put together an outline for an expose’ of the VA in Las Vegas.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from:  A Major I knew in the service and it was: That I should go to college and get a degree in Business Management.  From there I went on to get three other degrees and the classes that I had taken that did me the most good was my English Lit. classes and my Creative Writing classes.  If I hadn’t taken his advice and gone back to school, I would never have taken those classes and may never have written the two books that I have.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is:  Never give up.  Don’t assume that you can’t write.  Just go with something you know and keep at it.  Worse case, you’ll have a book with your name on it in a book store.  “That” is a truly great feeling of accomplishment.  Even if you never make a dime from them, that feeling will never go away.  And “Research, Research, Research!!!”  Never too much research.

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