New Release – Cure For Pain by NM Facile

December 1st marks the official release date of CURE FOR PAIN by NM Facile. Facile’s first book, Across The Hall, continues to enjoy great international success two years after its release.  Across the Hall is a view of college life and the intense love that we can all feel when we’re young. Cure For Pain continues in the same romantic vein as Facile’s first book, but explores a darker side of life. Ty Jaden is a heroin user and dealer who ended up in jail when he was barely an adult. He’s out now and clean, and trying to make a new life for himself. But he can’t when there’s powerful men in the city that want him to continue his trade. When he meets the innocent Mary Flynn, his life is turned upside down, and everything he was working towards could put both her and himself in danger.

Facile has a knack for writing characters and storylines that engage readers. A huge Twilight fan, Facile’s first book, Across The Hall started out as fan-fiction and evolved into its own story. Fans of hers will enjoy Cure For Pain and its view of Minneapolis life and underground.

NM Facile is the youngest of a large Midwestern family. Growing up in a small town, she learned early the quirks and charms of a small town and the lure of big city life. She shares the love of a lifetime with her husband and three children. She spends her free time lost in worlds where all cats are gray in the dark and love is just around the corner. Her everyday life is filled with the excitement of child development and the minutiae of the day-to-day. She colors any monotony with books, movies, crafts, and daydreaming; and leaves no room for downtime.

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On Being a Small Press Author – NM Facile

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.
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Today, I’m chatting with NM Facile, the author of the very successful Across The Hall. NM is a wonderful story teller, writing stories and characters that connect with her readers so well. When her book first came in, I loved sitting down to read/edit it, it was a book that brought me back to my college days and the uncertainty of romance and love that exists when you’re still young. This book has been one of our bestsellers, it continues to sell well two years after its publication and with sales on par with books released by big New York publishers. I’m so proud and pleased for NM, she’s a wonderful gal who more than deserves her success. Her new book, Cure For Pain will be out December 1, 2012, (but digital editions are available now!).

1. The first book I can remember reading is: This is a hard question. I’ve had books around my entire life.  I have clear memories of reading 100 Dresses by Eleanor Estes late at night when I was very young.  I was scared of the dark and had to have the hall light on right next to my door.  I read and reread many books by the light of the hall.  Thanks to back lighting I still read in bed late at night.

2. The first book I ever wrote was: Across the Hall.

3. An average day in my life goes like this: I’m fortunate to have a husband who deals with the morning routines of getting the kids breakfast and off to school.  This allows me to sleep in because I have a tendency to work best late at night. I wake up and read awhile then check email and the news.  I take care of things around the house or sometimes do things with my mom in the afternoons.  Twice a week I spend half days in the classrooms for my two elementary school children.  After school I catch up on how the kids’ days went and sometimes act as a taxi for running between activities.  We have supper as a family then it’s time for homework and bed.  After the little ones are asleep I either spend the rest of the night writing or I watch TV with my husband or teenage son.  I usually spend an hour or more reading before I go to sleep.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from:  I found Central Avenue Publishing on a search for small independent publishers to submit Across the Hall.  I decided to submit my book because I liked the fact that they were a small but growing company who dealt primarily with digital books.  I’ve been reading digital books for years and see that as the future of the industry.  Central Avenue Publishing submission guidelines were clear and unintimidating, Michelle has excellent credentials in the publishing industry, and the royalties and marketing were fair.  I like knowing that at Central Avenue I am more than a number or just an indy author under their wing, Michelle makes me feel like I’m part of the group.

5. The last book I read was: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: A dark room with music on, sometimes a glass of wine helps, too.

7. My ‘day job’ is: Fortunately right now writing is my ‘day job’ and I hope that it can stay that way.

8. I carve out time to write by: Reading less.  If I wasn’t writing I would spend that time reading.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice:  I don’t feel as if I sacrifice anything to find time to write.  In fact I often have a nagging little voice in my head when I’m doing other things, telling me that I could be using that time to write.

10. I am currently working on: An unnamed story set in the 1950’s.  I’m also working with my nine year old daughter on a children’s story.  She came up with the plot and I’m fleshing it out.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from my mom. Growing up she always told me “don’t put yourself in a bottle.”  Meaning that I should never confine myself in thoughts or actions to the limitations that people or circumstance may try to put upon me.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Whether good or bad, things change, it’s how you look at it and deal with it that makes the difference on the outcome.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

On Being a Small Press Author – Scott Burkhead

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.

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Today, I’m happy to present Scott Burkhead, another one of our veterans. Scott has written some wonderful dystopian fiction, Sister Serenity and the War of 2059. What I love about this book are the strong female characters and the socio-political commentary. Back when I was getting started, I actively sought out writers and I ran across a short story that Scott had written on his blog – he had me in the first few words. Scott and I don’t talk a lot, but it’s great knowing he’s stuck with us and I always enjoy hearing from him.
1. The first book I can remember reading is: “Call of the Wild,” by Jack London.

2. The first book I ever wrote was: “The Dolphin Revelation”  Man learns to communicate with dolphins and discovers that the oceans are dying.

3. An average day in my life goes like this: 6:00AM: Walk dog.  Write.  read. Shower.  8:30AM: Go to work.  5:00PM: Yoga or swim.  7:30PM: Dinner with wife or friends.  8:00PM:  Write.  Read.  Watch NCIS or Newsroom.  11:00PM bed.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: Michelle Halket.  I decided to submit my book because: I liked what she was doing with ebooks and trusted her.

5. The last book I read was:”Meditation”, by Eknath Easwaran.

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: Laptop; or pen and yellow pad; or pencil and napkin.

7. My ‘day job’ is: Advertising Agency boss

8. I carve out time to write by:  Finding nooks and crannies in my life.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: I never feel writing is a sacrifice.

10. I am currently working on: A ‘Southern’ coming of age novel called “Roaddog”.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from:  My Aunt Margaret.  and it was: No matter how you feel Get up, Suit up, and Show up and you will feel better.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Do what you love.

On Being a Small Press Author – Annie O’Sullivan

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.

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Annie O’Sullivan. Annie is one of our very first writers and she submitted her book to an unknown press when we were only a month or two old. She is the author of Can You Hear Me Now?, which we originally published as only parts of her story, but recently released all three as a full book. Annie’s harrowing tale of her life as a severely abused child has haunted me for over three years. It has made me reflect on myself as a parent and given me nightmares of what happens every day to children who may live just down the street from me. Her strength and courage to present her story and to work directly with her readers has resulted in her saving lives, directly helping scores of people and has touched and inspired thousands of readers. Her book continues to be one of our bestsellers, over three years after it was first published. She is an inspiration for anyone – and I commend her for all that she has accomplished in her life. She remains one of my heroes.

1. The first book I can remember reading is:  “The Little Red Hen”

2. The first book I ever wrote was: In the first grade I wrote a little fold over book and even sewed the pages together !  “The sky falls down”

3. An average day in my life goes like this:  up at 530 AM, coffee, walk the dog, at work by 730, meetings, grant writing, more meetings, go home, walk the dog again, work on FB pages, blog, and web pages answering emails from readers.  In between all that, my grand-daughter who is 6 calls me on Skype and reads to me.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: an ad that ran late at night on the side of FACEBOOK.  I decided to submit my book because: They were looking for new writers.

5. The last book I read was: Glass Castles, by  Jeanette Walls

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: coffee, cleaned house, good light

7. My ‘day job’ is: I write and manage lands actions for the Bureau of Land Management

8. I carve out time to write by:  It is the same time most days, like an appointment with myself

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: social time,

10. I am currently working on: blog radio show that is starting in the fall, and researching audio books and how to do them

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from: When you work, work hard.  When you play, play hard.  And if you find something you are passionate about you will discover that all you do is play hard.  It was from: My First Sargent at my first assignment in the Marines.  I was 18 years old.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Dream big and pursue it,  Never let anyone ever tell you anything you dream of doing is impossible.

On Being a Small Press Author – Anita Rodgers

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.

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Today, I’m pleased to present Anita Rodgers, one of Central Avenue’s veterans. I met her over 3 years ago, when she took a chance on a small, new publisher to submit her book – False Witness – a great mystery novel. Her book continues to sell three years after its publication and I’m so glad she stuck around. Anita’s an avid social media gal (like me) and I enjoy reading her musings on her well-read blog – in fact, that and her twitter feed were the things that drew me to her.

1. The first book I can remember reading is: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

2. The first book I ever wrote was: “The Addict” I think I was about 10 years old and wrote a 30 page, handwritten novel about a woman addicted to drugs who had a tragic life. Luckily my dad was the only one who ever read it.

3. An average day in my life goes like this: Up early, feed the pets, brew some coffee, inspect my gardens, drink coffee and read until I wake up. Work (usually writing). Exercise. Social Media. More writing. Reading, television, more reading. Sleep.

4. I found out about Central Avenue Publishing from: I honestly don’t remember, but it was probably through one of the hundreds of writer’s newsletters I subscribe to. Funds for Writers, perhaps? I decided to submit my book because: I had nothing to lose and really wanted to publish the book. Actually, I submitted the book during a pretty low period in my life, when everything just seemed to be going wrong. And in fact, I had no expectations at all that the book would be accepted. When it was accepted, it was the beginning of things turning around in my life. Funny, I never realized that until now. Thank you, Michelle.

5. The last book I read was: I’m currently reading Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly. I am utterly addicted to his Harry Bosch series – maybe because Harry reminds me of my dad, a bit grumpy and grumbly but with his heart in the right place.  Nine Dragons is quite the page turner too. Love it.

6. In order for me to sit down and write, I need: That depends on what I am writing and whatever else is happening tht day. When I am doing copy writing or web writing there is always a certain amount of force that has to be applied to get me to the computer. Luckily, I am a fast writer so even if I procrastinate I can still come in under deadline. When it comes to fiction, the story has to be flowing for me to be anxious to sit down at the computer, when the story is in a difficult place it’s harder for me to face the blank page. Ideally, I like writing when there is no one around and my pets are sleeping. The silence is good for my creative process.

7. My ‘day job’ is: A freelance writer other ‘day job’ type contract work.

8. I carve out time to write by:  I don’t really have to carve out time, if I want to write, I write. There isn’t a force on Earth that could prevent me from writing if I want to. Even when I worked a full time job, I would jot down notes during breaks or send myself emails if an idea struck me suddenly.

9. In order to find time to write, I feel as though I sacrifice: To some degree I deny myself a social life by being a writer. I pass on invites to activities and events sometimes. I also need a lot of time alone just to think and consider things and if I can’t get this time, it’s hard to write the way I want to. Being a writer has also been hard on my love life, because most men seem to prefer traditional women (for lack of a better term) who do not want to leap out of bed at 2 am to jot down a poem or start a story or who might be perfectly happy sitting at a computer for 16 hours a day.

10. I am currently working on: A mystery whose main character is a blind graphic novelist. Other characters include: a former detective who knew the heroine when she was a child, a stalker in cowboy boots and a tabloid journalist.

11. The best piece of advice I ever got was from:  My dad and it was: Never give up on your dreams, they are the only thing worth living for.

12. The best piece of advice I would give is: Believe in yourself. Always. It is utterly amazing what you can accomplish in life if you just believe in yourself.