Writing a book is a very personal experience and most writers will say that they know exactly what their characters sound like. Even having the computer read the story aloud during the proofreading stage retains the characters’ voices we have in our heads. But all that changes when your story becomes an audiobook, as Jaime Samms, who’s my guest on the blog today, has been finding out.
Since my kids have been small sprogs, I have had a great love affair with audio books. On long car trips, when no one wants to listen to one more Wiggles song, and the radio keeps cutting out—yes, this was before satellite radio. Don’t judge—popping in a CD of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or Artemis Fowl was sheer bliss. Listening to someone else read the story for a change made me so happy, and it kept the kids quiet, so bonus!
Of course, audio books have come a long, long way since back in the day when borrowing one from the library meant either a five-pound box of six CDs for one book, or a plastic box about the size of a Nintendo DS cartridge you could plug your earphones into and hope for the best.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the huge amount of talent and hard work that goes into the performance of reading one. Not many of my books have made it to audio—it isn’t a cheap process—but one of those that has, performed by one of the narrators I love most to listen to, is The Foster Family, narrated by Greg Trembley.
Foster Family has always been one of my favourite books (shhh! Don’t tell the others!) but even I had no idea what charisma its characters held until Greg brought them to life for me. He caught the right tone for each of the three men and made the book a joy to listen to. The man is talented, and I am still tickled and grateful to have had the honour of hearing him narrate this story.
The Foster Family
Growing up in foster care has left Kerry Grey with little self-esteem or hope for his future. A college dropout, Kerry scrapes by on a part-time job at a garden nursery. His friendship with his boss and working with the plants are the only high points in Kerry’s life. He’s been dating the man who bullied him at school, but when his boyfriend abandons him at a party, Kerry wanders down the beach to drown his sorrows in a bottle of scotch.
Malcolm Holmes and Charlie Stone have been together for fifteen years. Despite Charlie’s willingness to accept Malcolm’s unspoken domination in bed, something is missing from their relationship. Early one morning, they rescue a passed out Kerry from being washed away by the tide and Charlie immediately senses a kindred spirit in the lost younger man. When Kerry’s roommate kicks him out, Malcolm and Charlie invite him into their home. As Charlie and Kerry bond over Charlie’s garden, Malcolm sees Kerry may be just who they have been looking for to complete their lives. All they have to do is show Kerry, and each other, that Kerry’s submissive tendencies will fit their dynamic.
But someone is sabotaging Kerry at every turn. As he struggles to discover the culprit, he fears for the safety of his new friends. If Malcolm and Charlie cannot help, their lifelong search for their perfect third may not end with the happily ever after they imagined.
About Jaime Samms
Jaime Samms has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Her stories about men falling in love are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.
These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for various publishers.
Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.
She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .
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