If you’ve been watching my Claire Delacroix FB page, you know that I’ve started the adventure of making my books available in audio editions. This is exciting and it’s interesting – and just like the creation of a cover, it raises a lot of questions.
The first books I have up for audition are The Rogue and The Beauty Bride. The idea here is that we’ll work in series, making each book available in audio in succession. I’d like to have the same narrator for each series, to lend continuity (and the one who does the Jewels of Kinfairlie series will (fingers crossed) be the one who also narrates The True Love Brides.)
I didn’t specify what accent should be used, because I wanted to hear a variety. I have listened to a variety and now have some questions to you. Many of the actors have chosen to use a Scottish accent, since both books begin at Kinfairlie which is in modern Scotland. While fictional, it is in Lothian, though, and I’ve always thought of the Lammergeier having closer ties to England. They use French words, for example, which is characteristic of the Norman court. So the sound of Alexander, Laird of Kinfairlie, with a Scottish accent surprised me. (Although it does sound nice.) I think of Erik, the hero of The Rose Red Bride as having a Scottish accent, because he’s from the Highlands. Similarly, Rhys, the hero of The Beauty Bride, has a Welsh accent. I think of the family itself to have British accents, but this might just me.
What do you expect? How do you hear them in your mind when you read?
Plus I have another question for those of you who are fans of audio books. What do you expect in the end matter? At the end of my books (in print or digital) I include excerpts. There’s usually one excerpt from the next title in the linked series, then one from the first book in a different series. There’s also my biography and social media links, and a list of all my books. I wouldn’t expect you to listen to a reciting of all of my book titles <g>) but what about the rest? Since audio is priced by the length of the recording, I don’t want you to feel that you’re having to pay for content you don’t want to hear.