by Grace Topping
Your narrator, Anne James, did an excellent job bringing your story alive. Tell us about the process of selecting a narrator? Did you select Anne?
Isn’t she wonderful? I created an audition script that contained dialogue from multiple characters and posted it on ACX for audition. I received auditions from a number of narrators who were all very good, but not quite right for Kate, the protagonist in my series. As soon as I heard Anne James’s audition, I knew she was the right narrator. She gave Kate the perfect balance of spunk, imperfection, and compassion.
Not really. I often read my own work out loud, and the voice of my writing is relatively intuitive. What has influenced me, however is listening to other authors’ audiobooks. I’ve truly enjoyed “reading” my favorite authors in this new format.
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I did have a model for Bella, however she wasn’t a rescue dog. My first German shepherd, Tasha, came from a breeder, but she had the same digestive disease as Bella and similar reactivity issues. Tasha was an easy dog to love, but not an easy dog to own. I took classes to learn how to help her and attended seminars with people active in dog rescue. I was dismayed to learn how difficult it would be to find a new home for Tasha if something ever happened to me. Shelters just aren’t set up to deal with dogs like Bella and Tasha, no matter how wonderful they may be. (And they are wonderful!) Tasha was provided for in my will, but most dogs aren’t that lucky.
After release of A Fatal Twist in January, what’s next for Kate and Bella?