I did it again. I jumped in feet first and then asked questions later. Thank goodness I had an audiobook narrator who held my virtual hand.
Rather than share my newbie inexperience, I thought you might be interested in hearing from a pro.
Meet TJ! His voice brought my book Sunwielder to life, and this week the audiobook went live!
1. Tell us a little about you, your professional background, and why you decided to begin narrating audiobooks.
2. What do you look for in a book when choosing to audition for a project?
3. What kind of preparation do you do before starting to record? How do you get a feel for the characters and tone of a story?
4. How do you come up with different voices and keep them all straight?
5. How can an author best prepare for the audiobook process?
6. What is the greatest challenge(s) in recording an audiobook?
7. How would you describe your recording process? How long did it take to record Sunwielder?
8. Any marketing tips that you’ve seen authors use successfully in the past? I had to ask!
9. Any other behind the scenes advice for authors?
10. Can you share a short teaser of your work on Sunwielder?
A recent kindle review from Jacqui Murray at WordDreams. Thank you, Jacqui, for your wonderful support.
What wouldn’t you do to save your family? October 18, 2019
In Sunwielder (2016), D. Wallace Peach’s fantasy world is not unlike Earth’s medieval world of hardworking commoners, feudal lords, and warring kingdoms. The hero Gryff wants only to be a farmer and raise horses when his entire family is wiped out by a man who hates him for no apparent reason. When he has the opportunity to change his past with the time traveling Sunwielder, given to him by a timekeeper from a neighboring land, he takes it without questioning the cost. Even though it means he must leave the pastoral beauty of his farm, the loving warmth of his family, and spend the next years as a soldier, fighting a battle his farmer self barely cares about, he takes it. His one promise to his wife when he married her was that he’d keep her safe. He doesn’t intend to break that promise. From the moment he dons the Sunwielder, his life is controlled by a future he isn’t sure of. All he knows is when the present doesn’t work out ‘right’, he dies and gets to try again.
This is a fast-paced story of undying love, baseless hate, and how a family’s life becomes the pawn between those two. One of the most beautiful parts of this story is simply the way Peach links her words. Read this:
“Nearly three hundred men in the great hall dropped to one knee, right knuckles to the floor, heads bowed.”
”Black oaks, dark with summer leaves, swathed the trail in shifting shadow. Shafts of sunlight speared the forest floor, altered only by the sway of branches in the heated wind.”
Peach has a way of picking exactly the right word to evoke so much more than the meaning would promise. Few are better at world building. This is highly recommended not only for those who love fantasies but those who enjoy a good military thriller.