The Novel Approach welcomes author Garrett Leigh today, on the Rare (Roads: Book Two) audiobook tour. I asked Garrett to go through a bit of the audition process with us and to tell us what it was like to try and find the perfect narrator for the series, and as an expression of appreciation to readers, she’s offering the chance for one lucky someone to win a free audio copy of Rare. You can enter this giveaway by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget below.
Q: Garrett, what’s been the most exciting thing for you about having your books translated to audio? Did you listen to quite a few auditions before you settled on just the right narrator? What was it about Michael Lesley that made him stand out from the rest?
A: The most exciting thing is definitely throwing my hat into the ever-growing audiobook market. I’ve been watching from the sidelines for months, so I was over the moon when Slide and Rare got commissioned by Dreamspinner.
Auditions…Jesus, don’t get me started. I was sooo excited when Dreampinner sent me a huge Dropbox file of potential narrators, but man, that faded quickly. I don’t know why it surprised me when I discovered that listening to my sex scenes would be so mortifying, but it did, haha. Also, finding the right tone for Ash and Pete was very challenging. They are both relatively young, but I wanted their voices to have some depth.
I came across Michael Lesley thanks to Andrew Grey. We’d just about exhausted his supply of audition tapes when he had a brain wave…a brain wave that turned out, to quote Pete, to be pretty fucking perfect.
Blurb: Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Hurt/Comfort
About Garrett: Rainbow Award winner Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com
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