It wasn’t an easy decision to dip a toe in the world of audiobooks, mostly because of the expense involved and the complicated process of finding just the right voice to do justice to the characters.
But it’s more than that.
There’s a rhythm and cadence to storytelling that’s unique for each author. We call it “voice” for lack of a better term and when I sought a narrator for Curling Iron, I needed someone who could do more than just deliver the words on the page. I needed someone who could breathe life into the characters, who could pull the listener into a bubble of intimacy where you hang on every word, knowing… feeling it… at a visceral level.
The audition process was easier than I had anticipated, mostly because I’d just listened to and reviewed Sunset Park (Santino Hassel) narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo. Since I’d already read (and loved loved loved) the book, I was able to concentrate on how the narrator was able to infuse each and every character with a very distinctive and spot on voice. In addition, Michael accurately captured the accents and patterns of speech that are so familiar to me, and by-the-by just happen to be exactly what I needed to tell David and Kane’s story.
Imagine my excitement when Michael said yes to narrating Curling Iron (and potentially the rest of the series), then imagine my nervous anticipation when Chapter 1 arrived for my approval.
I listened… I swooned… I sent Little Miss Mayhem running for cover as I screeched for joy.
Yeah, that’ll do.
Michael nailed Charlie, the club owner with the gruff voice and a no nonsense Brooklyn ‘tude and David, with his insecurities, his back against the wall demeanor and wry sense of humor.
I haz a happy.
Now I can’t wait for Kane to come to life, to hear that suave, sophisticated veneer get ripped to shreds. And that POS, sanctimonious low life, asshat Marshall. And scarier than shit Michael.
And the scenes of affection… oh lordy, those…
And in case y’all are curious, you can read Curling Iron, (Book 1 in the Bad Boyfriends series) for 99c, available at these fine retailers: