A cheerful welcome back to Isobel Starling! She visited the blog a few weeks ago to talk about the latest book in her Shatterproof Bond series… and today she has some very exciting news to share with us. How do I know it’s exciting? Because I remember being sent the audition tapes for Job Hunt and sitting at my desk listening to one after the other, totally gobsmacked. That story you thought you knew backwards and sideways in your sleep? It sounds totally differerent when someone reads it to you. I’d have to be three days dead not to be excited and I was all ears to hear how Isobel got on with her first audiobook adventure… let’s listen to her, shall we?
The release of my first audiobook
There is something mysterious and alluring about accents. Even during a phone call, if a person has a pleasant accent, we are more likely to respond positively to whatever they request. Personally, I love a man with an accent — or even better, a man who can do a range of accents. For me, there is something incredibly sexy about listening to an audiobook narrator with a beautiful voice, and for him to provide a different accent for each of the characters. This is why I am a huge fan of audio books!
I am just about to release the first audiobook from my “Shatterproof Bond” Series. The series has been a bestseller in ebook format and got me translation deals in French, German and Italian. Moving into Audio seemed like the next natural step.
In “As You Wish” we meet broody Scotsman Declan Ramsay and the quintessentially English Sam Aiken. Declan’s Scottish accent is very much part of who he is. I adore the Scottish accent — not the touristy “Och aye tha’ noo” type of accent Hollywood would make us believe represents Scotland. Declan was born and raised in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh accent has many shades of its own, depending on which area of the city the person originates.
Declan is Scottish to his bones. When we first meet him in “As You Wish”, he comes across as surly, dour, and moody. His work life may be successful, but his personal life is a mess, but, after meeting Sam Aiken, he opens up and surrenders. We find that under his grumpy Scots exterior, Declan is a teddy bear and a deeply romantic man. When I write Declan, I have the Scottish accent in my head and have fun with thinking about how he would pronounce certain words. I found using words like dinnae, cannae, wasnae, couldnae, I can add a flavour of Declan’s Scottish passion, and in turn, find the wonderful emotional spark in his personality.
Finding a narrator who could fulfil all of my requirements for Declan’s Scots accent was a hard task. Many well known American narrators auditioned for me, but I found it tricky to find one who could cut it with Scots accents. I eventually found Irish voice actor Gary Furlong, who did a great audition. Using a ‘native speaker’ was the best thing for this book as Gary knows how to pronounce the Scots slang and Gaelic words that come up throughout the series. He performed Sam’s English accent brilliantly, but the icing on the cake for me was hearing his range of Scots accents- from Declan’s gruff masculinity, edged with vulnerability, to Declan’s elderly mother, Eileen.
Hearing my Scotsman and Englishman performed so brilliantly has given them a certain compulsive allure that some readers/listeners will be attracted to. Whether you are drawn to reading the ‘Shatterproof Bond’ series based on the lure of an accent, or on the story description, or you choose the Audiobooks and let the narrator bring the characters to life. I hope you find the love story as all encompassing, amusing, and compelling as I did while writing it.
“As You Wish” (Shatterproof Bond #1) Narrated by Gary Furlong is out on Audible.
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About Isobel Starling
Born in Germany, Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write and found she loved writing more than making art.
The Shatterproof Bond series is an Amazon Gay Romance bestseller. Isobel has just completed her ninth book and signed French and German, translation and publishing rights deals for the whole Shatterproof Bond series. The As You Wish translation “Comme Vous Voudrez” is a best seller on Amazon France, and the German edition is due for release at the end of March 2017.
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