After getting my first chance to listen to a clip of BENEVOLENT’s audiobook-in-progress this weekend, I’m really looking forward to listening to the finished product!
This project has been a unique experience for me because I’m narrating the majority of the audiobook myself. My friends and work family have been listening to me talk/whine about the recording process for months now, and my biggest concern with the audiobook has always been that my “deep male voice” wasn’t deep enough — or male enough. I’m thrilled to announce that my friend Scott Fitzgerald, Fitz from the morning show on 93.3 FM, is lending his much deeper (and much manlier) voice to the project! He will be doing the voice of my favorite trench-coat-wearing angel, Castiel, in BENEVOLENT’s audiobook!
A lot has happened since I wrote my last blog post! I’ve been working on Book Four of my Dream Waters Series, spreading the word — both online and in person — about Benevolent, and working on some new projects that I’m pretty excited about. So, consider this my catch up post. Here’s what I’ve been up to…
I had the amazing opportunity to go to Miami, Florida last November. My book was featured in the Readers’ Favorite booth at the Miami Book Fair. I was awarded the bronze medal for fantasy fiction at the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award ceremony, and I got to meet award-winning authors from around the globe!
In February, I did a presentation at the Newark Public Library about my latest novel, Benevolent.
In March, I sat down to chat about Benevolent with Fitz from 93.3FM at Roc Vox Recording & Production Studio in Pittsford, NY. I was the first guest on his “Positive Blatherings with Fitz” podcast to come back for a second interview. (We talked about my Dream Waters series and my journey as an author on Episode 13 of the podcast.)
I also did a book signing at Wegmans in Newark, NY in March to celebrate Benevolent’s release.
In May, I had lunch with a local book club, and had a heartfelt discussion about Benevolent and coping with the loss of a loved one. There is no better compliment that I could receive than to hear that my story brought some comfort to those who have suffered a loss.
I also spent an evening in May talking about Benevolent with a wonderful group of people at the Clifton Springs Library. The smaller group allowed for a more intimate discussion of the book and my reasons for writing it and donating all of the net proceeds to Random Acts.
So far, it’s been an amazing year for this author. I can’t wait to see what the months ahead have in store for me!
While I was halfway through writing Book Four of my Dream Waters Series, I was spending my downtime watching Supernatural on Netflix with my son and husband. I sat down to write one night after watching an episode and for some reason, I couldn’t get the show’s utterly endearing trench-coat-wearing angel out of my head. Thinking there might just be a story there, I abandoned my work in progress and started searching the internet to find out if Castiel was the name of an actual angel from the Bible. Allowing myself to get sidetracked that night ended up producing a story that’s near and dear to my heart for several reasons.
It’s definitely been an exciting journey taking my story from that first night of procrastination, through ten months of writing, beta reader feedback and editing, and on to the Supernatural convention in Cleveland where I entered BENEVOLENT in the Giving Back Tour’s Creative Quest.
The rest of the weekend was a blast!
To read the full story behind my story download the Preface to BENEVOLENT.