Thanks for joining us today, Garrett. We are excited to have you here as you celebrate the release of Rare on audio book.
Can you share with us a little bit about the process of having a book made into an audio book?
Garrett: To be honest, I didn’t have much to do with the production, bar auditioning the narrators, which was horrible. Let me explain, you see, hearing your sex scenes read out by anyone is a skin crawling experience, but it’s far, far worse when it’s the wrong voice doing it. It took a very long time to find the right dude for this series, especially as the books are told in dual POV, so I had to find a voice that suited Ash AND Pete. It was hard, really hard, but I’m glad I persevered and Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner was so patient with me. I think it helps that he’s an author himself, so he understood why I was being such a pain in the arse 😛
I was reading a review of Rare and the reviewer made a comment that the book was a rollercoaster of emotion “Fear. Hope. Frustration. Love. Grief. Loss. Anger. Joy.” Were you concerned this emotion would be difficult to capture in the audio version of the book? With this in mind, how did you select your narrator?
Garrett: For me, the tone of the narrator was very important. I auditioned about fifteen guys, and only the last one…a dude Andrew Grey thought of at the last moment (when I’d pulled most of my hair out) had the right depth. You see, I wanted a deep voice, but not so deep that it made the characters sound too old. I had to constantly remind myself that Ash and Pete are both relatively young.
We’ve just started a new year. Do you have anything special that you’ll be focusing on this year? What can your readers expect next?
Garrett: This year, I’m hoping to add to my Heated Beat series, and perhaps write another military novel. I also want to explore the MMF genre too. And perhaps a little dabble in YA. This year seems to be full of ideas for me, I just need to write the fuckers down.
Do you listen to audio books yourself? If so, can you recommend a favourite?
Garrett: I haven’t actually ever listened to an audio book, not even my own. I’m pretty sure I’d cue one up and immediately fall asleep. I know some folk listen to them in the car, but I’m a terrible driver as it is. Can you imagine trying to reverse park during a smexin’ scene? *shudders*
Thanks so much for joining us, Garrett. I’m actually a fan of audio books so I’ll definitely be checking this one out. I’ll just make sure I don’t do any reverse parking! 🙂
Paramedic Pete Adams lived through the year from hell watching his lover, Ash, fall apart, and the precarious balance between work and home is becoming more strained. His heart is always home, with Ash, but the dark side to his job is weighing him down.
Tattoo artist Ash Fagin is recovering from a nervous breakdown triggered by revelations about his traumatic childhood. His battle with mental illness is far from over, but with Pete by his side, he’s feeling good again, so good he doesn’t notice something missing until it walks right into his living room.
Ash believes he’s had enough coincidence in his life, but when a voice from the past comes looking for him, it takes the devastating injuries of the one he loves most to convince him to let a ghost become the family he never knew he wanted.
PETE HAD been busy while I’d been gone. I stood in front of the shiny new door to his apartment and wondered for a moment if I’d come home to the right place. Then I remembered the coarse message he’d sent me a few days ago, telling me in no uncertain terms what a bitch the new door had been to fit. A separate message—perhaps an afterthought—told me he’d left a key on top of the frame.
I reached for it and turned it over in my hand. It was silver and shiny. The old one was battered brass, bruised and familiar. It felt heavy in my pocket as I slid the new key into the lock. I considered the fate of the old key now that the door it belonged to was no longer there. Pete said I pondered the strangest things.
The new door swung open with a whisper. It felt odd after two years with a door that crunched like a gearbox. The new door was like a ghost, all shimmery and silent. I wasn’t sure I liked it.
A wry grin crept over my face. Really? Four days without Pete and you’re worried about a door? I took a tentative step forward. The door closed with a quiet click, and this time, I paid it no heed.
I glanced around the apartment. It was quiet and still. No TV, stereo, or signs of life. That was no surprise. I was a few hours early. Despite hating every moment of the flight between Chicago and Philadelphia, I’d caught an earlier plane home. Pete wasn’t expecting me, but I could feel in my bones that he was home. The invisible cord between us pulled me along, and a minute later, I found him passed out in our bed. He was asleep on his stomach, something he only did when he was alone or too tired to notice. It used to make me uneasy—sometimes it still did—but not today. Today his bare back was exactly what I needed to see. I sat down by his head and brushed my fingers over his stubbly jaw. He didn’t stir, even when I leaned down and breathed in the clean smell of his skin.
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About the author
Rainbow Award winner Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.
Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors under the pseudonym G.D. Leigh. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzpress.com
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