Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
I’d considered its adaptation to film as I’m sure many fiction writers do. I definitely feel having an audio rendition is the next best thing.
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
As a legally blind author, often when I say I ‘read’ a book, I mean I listened to it. With an audiobook, when you have a great narrator, it can be just as engaging as watching an action film. Some great examples are the Harry Potter books, the Dresden File books or my new favorite series The Ember War.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
Books are about consuming information. Does the consumption method really matter? I don’t care if you jump backwards into your pants or put them on one leg at a time; I just care that you’re wearing pants before you leave the house. But as a consumer of both mediums, there is something to be said about reading a book in your own head, ascribing your own voice, pausing for your own emphases, re-reading certain steamy or horrific parts.
What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
Actually, a lot of the time, reading helps get me out of a writing slump…….
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
Having written a stand-alone as well as the first novel of a series, I can say that, each have their benefits. In a standalone, we get to realize the full transformation of each character………………….
Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
Not that I can recall; but they, more often that not, completely usurped my daydreams.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I say, write the story. Get it out of you and into the greater universe.
Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
If you have a narrative with colorful scenery and dialogue and you are able to create an audio rendition of your work at a reasonable rate, I say go for it!
What’s next for you?
I have completed a sci-fi thriller and have secured a literary agent to shop it to major imprints and independent presses.