Excited to be recording the AUDIO BOOK for THE DEAL
Am loving working in the 'Midi Madness Recording Studio' creating the Audio Book for my paranormal thriller THE DEAL.
It reminds me of my good old studio days with an ex husband, Raf Ravenscroft, where we had a recording studio in Oxford Circus, London and produced music scores for Film, TV and Radio. The airless, windowless, sound-numbing atmousphere creates another realm to get lost in, as the outside world disappears, time flies and the creative juices flow. Studios are heady places.
I did listen to a casting of other voiceover artists for the book, but as amazing as they were, they just didnt feel right. So I made the decision to read the book myself. I also read my thriller THE PENANCE LIST and children's book GINORMOUS JOE myself, so I'm not new to the tough work involved in creating an Audio Book.
It's not easy, and I am not perfect, but its me and my story, warts and all. I take my hat off to those who read audio books full time, day in day out, you guys rock!
It's grueling. I can only manage four hours at a time before my throat starts to ache, my tongue dries up and trips over itself way too much for the poor engineer to put up with. My aim is to get through a whole chapter without a slip up, but alas, just when I get into a flow and all is going well the smallest word trips me up and we have to stop, rewind and record the line again. It's ball-breaking, if I had any.
The patient engineer knows when I've messed up, I tend to shout out a short sharp swear word (his poor ears!), generally its "F**k" or "sh*t", and slap my thigh in anger. The red marks and bruising are evident when I get home from a studio session. I often think how one of my more obsessive-jealous ex's would never have believed me as to where the marks on my thigh came from.
"Honestly darling, its nothing, I was recording an audiobook... promise."
Although I'm not a professional, and I guess my voice is an acquired taste (I have trouble saying my R's) I'm happy in being able to give just the right amount of fear, timing, sexual chemistry and sarcasm nuance that I envisaged when writing a scene. An innocent line can be read one way and mean one thing, but then read another way, with say, slow paced breathiness, menace, anger or laughter, can mean something very different.
I'll keep you udated for when it comes out and I'll try to keep the price as low as possible. Audio Books are fun for those on the move, who like to multitask, whether it be listening to a story whilst cleaning house, gardening, working out, commuting to work, or nodding off to sleep. So I aim to keep making them.
I hope you like it. Fingers crossed.