Viviana, Enchantress of Books & I are pleased to welcome author Skye Jordan to Audio Book Lovin’. We asked Skye to tell us what it is like to have her books come to life in the form of an audio book. But before I turn the blog over to Skye, let me introduce you to her.
Take it away Skye, the blog is all yours
“How it feels to have your books come to life as an audiobook.”
When you have the right narrator – and the narrator is key to the audiobook universe – it’s freakin’ awesome.
Really freakin’ awesome. I can’t lie.
I searched and searched for the perfect voice for my Renegades novels, and it was worth all the time and angst, because Piper Goodeve is an amazing narrator.
Listening to her read Reckless for the first time blew me away—because she didn’t read Reckless, she performed Reckless. Piper is a member of SAG, the Screen Actors Guild, for good reason. She is an actress. She didn’t just read the words I’d written, she read the emotion I’d sculpted into the story. She interpreted the character behind the hero, heroine and secondary characters on the page and made them actual living, breathing people. I can’t explain how different the story felt to me as I listened to Piper perform it – and I wrote the darn thing! Edited it over and over and over. It was pretty crazy. And I felt like that every time she performed one of the Renegades stories.
So, for me, having my work translated into audio was absolutely amazing.
Now, I know some people—even avid readers—aren’t audiobook fans. Some say they get bored. Some say their minds wander. Some say they “see” so much more of the story when they read than when they hear it. And I get that, because I’m an audio and visual learner and I visualize and learn much better when I hear or see something. So, I understand that audiobooks aren’t for everyone. But I also believe there is a bit of an enjoyment curve to audiobooks, a little like there is to wine. Something you develop an appreciation and love for as you come to understand the depth of what audiobooks can offer that reading can’t.
I see my books as movies in my head. Writing those books is a tedious exercise of translating those clips into words that convey the mood and emotion I visualize onto a two dimensional black and white page of nothing but words. A lot can get lost in that translation. An excellent narrator is like a skilled painter, drawing out the highlights and shadows of a work to add depth.
So, yeah… Having my books come to life as audiobooks is freakin’ awesome.
Skye wanted me to let you know that she has Audible codes for all of her Renegades titles. She is allowing me to give away a few codes.
Please leave a comment or questions for Skye. Winners will be pick and announced next Tuesday.
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