• Announcing Audiobook Auditions for BLOOD AND WATER

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    If you’ve been keeping up with my on Twitter, you know that an audiobook version of Touch: A One-Act Play is currently in production through ACX. I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m even more excited to share the final product with you guys once it’s all recorded.

    With that being said, I’ve also had a lot of people ask me about the audiobook version of Blood and Water. Since it’s my debut novel, it’s near and dear to my heart. When it comes to selecting an audiobook narrator, I’m going to be picky. Still, I want an audiobook version as much as anyone, if not even more so. I’m officially opening auditions for the audiobook production now.

    If you’re interested in auditioning, or if you know someone who might be interested, here’s a list of criteria the ideal candidate will meet:

    1. Voice has a smooth, even tone
    2. Doesn’t read melodramatically
    3. Can differentiate character voices
    4. Can do an Irish accent (Sean and Melanie)
    5. Can do a French accent (Fleur)

    Looking at that list now, it’s not as intimidating as I thought it might be. And it’s definitely attainable! If you want to audition, you should go for it. Remember: if you never try out, there’s no way you’ll get chosen! And I love hearing your auditions, even if you don’t think they’re any good. They warm my heart.

    You can follow this link to record an audition. I’d like to make a decision by my birthday, June 17, so please apply as soon as possible!

    Also, if I haven’t mentioned it, I adore you all. That’s everything.

    Are you excited for an audiobook version of BLOOD AND WATER? Will you be trying out?

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    Interested in voice acting? @brianawrites is holding auditions for the BLOOD AND WATER audiobook! (Click to tweet)

  • How to Read More with Audiobooks

    iPod with Earbuds

    I’ve mentioned before how important it is that writers read. With that being said, I have a full time job and other commitments that keep me from reading as much as I’d like. Some of you know what I’m talking about.

    If you’ve got a busy schedule but still want to read, you should invest in some audiobooks. I joined Audible a few years ago and have never looked back. The site offers new users a free audiobook download after signing up. With over 150,000 titles to choose from, you’re bound to discover something you like.

    The best thing about audiobooks is that they’re portable. You can listen to them anywhere! Here’s a short list:

    In the bath or shower
    On your way to work/school
    Long road trips
    Working out at the gym
    Doing mindless chores e.g. laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming
    Getting ready to go out and
    Cooking a meal

    If nothing else, try listening to audiobooks during your commute. Ever since I started doing that, I’ve noticed I’m more excited about going to work. You’ll have something to look forward to every time you get in the car.

    If you want recommendations, I suggest starting with Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The writing is excellent, and the book is narrated by the author himself! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

    How do you feel about audiobooks? What’s the best one you’ve listened to so far?

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    Writer @brianawrites shares how to read more by utilizing audiobooks. (Click to tweet)

    Think you don’t have time to read? @brianawrites has a tip for you. (Click to tweet)