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What Does Your Main Character Sound Like: First Adventure in Audiobook Land

What does your main character sound like? That’s what Brilliance Audio wanted to know. Brilliance Audio, I’m honored to say, will be producing the audiobook version of my debut epic fantasy novel The Song of All. Last week, I received their author questionnaire and their first question had me a bit flustered. You’d think that after all these years of running around in my head and on paper, I would be able to hear my main character  Irjan’s voice. But I really had to think about it. Irjan has always been emotionally vivid to me and I’ve had an image of him in my head since 2009 when I first wrote about him. But his voice? That made me stop and think.

Irjan’s character starts out in The Song of All in his mid-30s and ends in his early-50s. He’s from the human clan/tribe but spent most of his life as a loner, hunting and killing immortals. He starts the story as the flawed man trying to find himself as he builds a life apart from bloodshed. He’s become a farmer, a husband, and a father. But his past is not easily left behind. Caught between an ambitious village priest and the comrades he’d forsaken, Irjan’s      present unravels as he faces an ultimatum: return to hunt the immortals or lose his child. But as Irjan tracks the immortals through the dark and desolate snow-covered forests, it’s not death he searches for, but life.

So what does that supposed to sound like?

I spent a lot of time staring at Irjan’s picture up on my storyboard, asking him just that. (Note: Obfuscation alert. I deliberately messed with my image of Irjan above. Every reader should have their own idea of what he looks like.)

So here’s what I told Brilliance Audio:

Irjan’s voice is deep but not gruff. There’s a softness to it that belies both weariness and hopefulness.

I sent the questionnaire back yesterday. I’m so curious to see who they cast. The voice artist will definitely have a challenging project with both male and female speaking parts, multiple POVs (points of view), and foreign words to pronounce. I can’t wait to hear what The Song of All sounds like, outside of my head.


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Friends of the San Francisco Public Library: Annual Book Sale

Did I really need more books? My TBR–to be read–Pile is teetering, verging on dangerous. I’m one kitty jump away from being clobbered by a cascade of books in my sleep. But that did not stop me from getting more fabulous books at the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s 53rd Annual Book Sale.

The member preview was tonight at the Festival Pavillion at Fort Mason Center. Each year we attend we say we are only going to get a few books, maybe a bag’s worth. And each year we fail. Yes, that is a shopping cart in the middle photo. At some point we just cave and get the cart and never look back.

I found some favorites in the SFF hardcovers. Marge Piercy’s He, She and It. C.S. Friedman’s Crown of Shadows (the third in The Coldfire Trilogy), and Kate Elliott’s Crown of Stars (the seventh and last book in the Crown of Stars series). (Pictured on the right.)

I also got a Walter Mosley Easy Rallins Mystery and Michael Nava’s first Henry Rios Mystery, The Little Death. They just popped out of all the possible books on the mystery table and I had been wanting to read both for research for another project. Serendipity!

So the TBR pile grows, burgeoning across the dining room table for the moment. Did I need more books? Why yes. Yes. I. Did. Plus my purchase dollars help fund San Francisco Public Library, and Libraries Deliver Democracy! For more information on future and ongoing sales go to friendssfpl.org.

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