What drew you to take on this particular audiobook?
The Beast of Tsunam captured my attention as it combines two of my primary interests incredibly well. I've read Sci-Fi my whole life, and it has been a fascination for decades, but The Beast of Tsunam also has a great deal of Film Noir type of detective work that is a genuine pleasure to read. This combination of genres works so well and results in a fast paced adventure of a book.
As an actor, do you feel audiobook production has enhanced your skills. If so, how?
I started voice acting when I was in the Marine Corps, lending my voice to presentations, briefings and training videos. From there I started to expand into other fields, including commercials, video games, and marketing for universities, but audiobooks allowed me to inhabit a whole world. It has been an amazing experience and has really pushed me to see what I'm capable of. Audiobooks have proved to be a fantastic challenge, pushing the boundaries of my acting abilities and exposing me to skills I didn't even know I had. Beyond acting, it has also helped in audio editing, production, and technical skills as well.
How do you keep track of all the characters and their voices?
I first begin by trying to find someone in my own life that resembles the traits of the character and think about how they would sound. I then create a voice library while recording the book, along with an identifying phrase that allows me to get in the rhythm again quickly.
Now that the audiobook is completed, what part do you like most about your dramatization?
(TBD after the book releases.)
As Beast of Tsunam is the first book in the Rev Smalley series, can we expect more to come?
The universe that Rev inhabits is vast, with many more adventures to come. The next book in the series, Mom Be Lost will be coming out soon and will showcase more of the weird and wonderful things that Rev encounters as a P.I.
What challenges/progress do you see the audiobook industry taking since statistics show more listeners are opting for audiobooks over eBooks and certainly outweigh paperback sales?
Auidobooks used to be more cumbersome when it took 6 CDs or a mountain of tapes to get through a full unabridged novel, but now people can have a massive library with them wherever they go. Now this in itself doesn't account for the huge shift to audiobooks, but when the convenience is combined with the general lack of leisure time that people enjoy, it seems an obvious choice. While it isn't the same thing as holding a book in your hand, are a great way to spend your commute, do chores around the house, or workout while immersing in an adventure you always wanted to read but never had the time. The challenge is that with a large increase in audiobooks being produced, the audience is becoming more and savvier in choosing which books to listen to. This challenges narrators to become better, and helps improve the overall quality of the books as well. Overall, I am very excited at the direction the industry is taking, and I'm happy to be a part of it.