Pause to Rewind in Audio

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Very happy to report that Pause to Rewind is going to be made available as an audio book. Tantor Media will do the job. Dying know is who will play one of my all-time favourite characters, Charlie.

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Box of Words

img_0826So this arrived! Never before have I been as excited about a box of words. Working with Lake Union Publishing is proving the best adventure.

The Accidental Life of Greg Millar will be published on April 26th but can be ordered now to arrive on the 26th – as a paperback, ebook or audiobook from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. All the amazons actually!

 

 

 

in the name of adventure…

dfw-aa-cg-cover-midI don’t like looking at photos of myself, at the best of times. I like hearing my voice much less than that. And yet, in the name of adventure, I’m sharing the promo for the audiobook of my short story, Checkout Girl – which is currently caught up in the stampede of people wishing to publish audiobooks – which, apparently, sprang from nowhere, two weeks ago.

In other news, just to keep him on his toes, I’ve challenged my inner techie (the size of a human cell) and set up a facility for readers to get news of books, offers, etc by email. For a normal person, this would have been a simple process – just sign up to Mailchimp and click a few buttons. For me, there was head-banging involved. Slow, repeated head-banging against a wall. And then, I finally noticed what had been staring me in the face the whole time and MASTERED it. Yaay! So please do sign up – so all the head-banging will have been worth it.

adventure leads to adventure

Today, I had the most challenging of mornings. Hats off to actors, presenters…to anyone, basically, that uses their voice for a living. I have recorded my first audio book. So, very, hard.

We, Irish, speak softly. Our words are not clipped; they merge into each other at times, blur, blend. They are gentle. I never gave that thought, until this morning.

dfw-aa-cg-cover-midWhile recording my Christmas short story, Checkout Girl, I had to concentrate on making my words distinct. At the same time, I had to make the story come alive. I had to be the main character, not the author. I had to tell, not read, the story. Tricky, given that I was reading. Dear God Almighty. It was tough.

All of the following were required: full-blown concentration, deep breathing, arm swinging, shoulder loosening, water gulping, throat clearing, sneaky page turning. And animation.

BUT. It was an adventure. I had not planned to produce an audio book. Two days ago, it wasn’t on the cards. Then I bumped into the powerhouse that is Helen Shaw of Athena Media, who simply said, ‘Let’s do an audiobook.’ And now we have. It will be a while before it appears on amazon; interestingly, there has been a sudden rush to publish audio books in the last two weeks.

And so another, unexpected, step forward in the adventure that is self-publishing. So glad I took that first step.