It is here. Correction: THEY are here. Actually, they were here already yesterday, but that is neither here nor there. And no, I am not talking about people from outer space. I am talking about my first three audio books.
As of yesterday, A Rip in the Veil, Like Chaff in the Wind and The Prodigal Son are all available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. I feel like a proud mother—again. My words are no longer an experience in silence. Now they come with sound!
Converting my babies to audio books has been an interesting process. Thanks to a good writer friend, Liz St John, I found the perfect narrator early on. Greg Patmore has a voice that just blew me away. And the way he reads “my” Matthew has me sighing very happily.
Thing is, narrating a book is just as creative a process as writing one is. This means that Greg interprets my words. He paints his own pictures of my characters and defines them with his voice, giving them little quirks that do not necessarily match my perception of what they should sound like. The resulting audio version is therefore still my book but not quite my book—if you see what I mean.
Greg has added layers. His take on events and how they shape my protagonists has affected how he uses his voice to present them in various situations. Quite often, the end result is different from my original perception, but it doesn’t matter, not when I can submerge myself in Greg’s lovely, lovely barytone that, quite frankly, has me sitting on tenterhooks while he reads his way through a story I know inside out. Except I don’t know this story, not this version with Greg’s nuances and emphasises.
It is still the story of a young woman thrown backwards through time. It is still a story of love and drama, of courage and perseverance. Matthew remains as full of lofty convictions, Alex remains as determined to save him when he risks everything in defence of his faith. They still love each other as completely – but boy, does Greg add a je-ne-sais-quoi both to their more amorous moments and the tension that inevitably arises between people as passionate and strong as Alex and Matthew are.
Now they’re here. People in the know tell me audio books generally appeal to others than the classic readers. I have no idea—but I hope others will allow themselves to be dragged back in time by Greg, Matthew and Alex!
To celebrate this new release, I am giving away a copy of A Rip in the Veil in audio. Want one? Leave a comment and tell me what you think is the greatest appeal with audio books!