Hey there, lovely reader!
How are those holiday preparations coming along? Our tree is now fully decorated and the Christmas wishlists came in right on time (no surprise there!) Today, I offer a peek behind the scenes and an announcement.
Yesterday, I was reviewing audition reels. These are submissions by voice actors seeking to win the job of narrating a book series. In this case, the Roxy Reinhardt cozy mysteries. Selecting a narrator is a fun part of my job.
I start by searching for a narrator who has good experience in fiction audiobooks. The most important qualities a narrator must have is a pleasant manner and reliability. I don't want anyone ghosting me mid-way through the series. Nor do I want any drama queens.
Accents are a big part of my books and the ability to act a variety of accents is a must. My initial search criteria included someone who could do both Standard and Southern American and have a good stab at British Cockney or Estuary English. (Nat's accent is “more Eliza Doolittle than Mary Poppins.”) As the main character is female, the narrator has to be a woman.
Style is also a criterion. A voice suited for romance is usually not suited to mystery, but a good voice actor will be able to do both. Comedic timing is not so universal so if a book has fun elements or is outright funny, that has to be considered.
In anything I do where I have to choose, I like to have a choice of three. We have approached five actors for interest and from that will probably get three or four reels to listen to by the time we're done.
If initial discussions are positive, I provide them with a selection of text from the books – a chapter or two – that includes the characters I particularly want to hear from along with notes on ages, personality, and voice style. It's so much fun to hear how the different actors interpret my words. And a great voice actor will make the writing sound brilliant in my experience.
By the end of next week, I should have selected the narrator, and hopefully, we'll be recording by the end of the month. The audiobooks should be out in early 2024.
All series in large print
The Diana Hunter and Roxy Reinhardt series are now available in large print. That means that my entire backlist is now available in large print starting with the following links:
If you prefer physical books and need a larger font, please click on the links above. They would make great Christmas gifts. Thank you!
Right, back to work I go. I'm working on a short video (gulp). I might be able to show it to you next week with a request. Check in next Thursday to find out what it is. Happy reading!