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Bringing Characters to Life by Jessica E. Subject


Recently, I’ve had three of my titles produced as audio books, and I’ve worked with three different narrators, both male and female, each producing a different type of story. While I’ve read my stories out loud many times, it is completely different when someone else reads my work. For the auditions, I chose scenes between two important characters, sometimes a sex scene. Those are definitely interesting. If a narrator makes a romantic interlude between two or more characters sound more like a porn flick, or something else totally creepy, they are definitely not the one you want. I have listened to a few of those.TSP once upon a time teaser

After I decided on a narrator, I waited to listen to the first fifteen minutes of the production. This is where I get to check for mispronunciations and decide whether I like the voices the narrators have used for all of my characters. It can get interesting here. I’ve only had minor corrections in this department, but I can definitely say that my narrators don’t always understand a character the same way I do. It really is all about interpretation. I’m not saying it’s always like this. With my most recent audio book to be produced, not yet released, the narrator “got” both of my main characters on the first try. With The Star Princess, the narrator asked a lot of questions before recording anything, which was really nice. I’ve learned that the more information you give a narrator beforehand, the less corrections you’ll have to make in the end.

Listening to the entire production is like an out-of-body experience. Not only did I spend some time writing these stories, I spent even longer editing them, reciting the words over and over in my head to make sure everything flowed correctly. When someone else reads the same words, it’s like my characters have come to life. They are no longer in my head or simply on paper.

If you would like to listen to samples from my audio books, you can find them here on Soundcloud.

Book Blurb:

 audio The Star Princess headphones

In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radiant blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Earth’s post-apocalyptic landscape offers little but the alliance offers much and a princess must do her duty, no matter the danger to her person and to her heart.


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**Giveaway: Leave a comment telling me what type of scene you would be most uncomfortable reading out loud for a chance to WIN an Audio book of The Star Princess. Contest ends 3/12 at 11:59 PM EDT.**

Author Bio:

Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

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Author: emilycale

Erotic romance writer. Runs on caffeine and wine. Don't feed after midnight.

4 thoughts on “Bringing Characters to Life by Jessica E. Subject

  1. Thank you very much for having me back at Literary Lagniappe!

  2. I listened to the 3 samples of audio. I’ve been thinking of doing this for The Adventures of Xavier & Vic. Thanks for sharing!

    • A lot of authors I know say it’s weird listening to someone else read your words, but you know when you find the right narrator. Cheers, Liza! 🙂

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