Over the years there have been a few occasions when I’ve have been asked to come to a person’s house, enter their bedroom… and read them to sleep. Sometimes I felt that reading was not what they had in mind. However, I could be wrong. And now all those lovely people have the chance – to hear my voice ‘ere bed, at least. For the audio book of ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’ is now out.
This was such fun to do! When Oakhill Publishing asked for the rights to publish the audio book of ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’ I asked if they’d let me read it. I’d done my first three novels for Isis and always loved the experience. So they said ‘yes, but you’ll have to come to London.’
Oh dear! Well, needs must I suppose. I suffered for my art, consoled myself with my favourite drink – English Extra Special Bitter. Truly, its never a hardship to spend time in the city I grew up in.
I discovered something very interesting when I began to record the audio book of my first novel, ‘The French Executioner’: I write to be read aloud. Preferably by me. I suppose its not a huge surprise being an actor, but my writing is… performable.
So for 3 days I went to a small terrace house in Chiswick, West London, where the wonderful Douglas Keen has his studio. Douglas is a former rock musician who always dabbled on the technical side. When the rock and roll life got a little too much, he moved into audio book recording. He was terrific, letting me run if I kept going, putting me straight back on track in seconds if I stumbled. Its intense work, sitting in a claustrophia inducing booth for 8 hours, talking continuously but he made it easy and fun.
So I may not be able to join you in your boudoir and read to you tonight. But if you just click on this link, and pay a modest fee, my voice will be with you very soon.