Hello! I hope everyone is well today?
As I write it is raining outside and the least May 3rd Bank Holiday Monday weather I have known for years. More like January in England today weather wise. But, when we have days like this here, we just make the most of indoors time.
I have been writing. 2,000 words today and yesterday, mainly due to the absence of summer! I have just started to write the next book. Wish me luck.
Last week I said that I'd speak more about the audiobook process and next steps for the The Cambridge Murder Mysteries.
For ages I couldn't decide what to do about them. My books are still relatively unknown, and I haven't exactly had people banging down the door asking for audiobooks, so I am ashamed to say I let the idea drift a little. I think really because I couldn't settle on the type of voice I wanted.
I investigated a couple of options, but they weren't quite what I was looking for. It wasn't an easy process. So I kept my head down and kept writing instead.
It is a surprisingly difficult decision to make, as in some way the voice will define the series and bring the characters to life for those who will listen to the audiobooks.
The wonderful John Sharp has agreed to do the audiobooks!
So when I discussed it with John Sharp, all of a sudden it all made sense. It had been staring me in the face.
John Sharp has the perfect voice that I was looking for.
John has been acting now for many years. But perhaps also importantly, he is a hugely talented singer with a deep resonant voice. Just what I was looking for, and no matter how hard a try, something I could never provide myself! (I did think for a short while of doing them myself, but thankfully I came to my senses...)
Below are some excellent photographs of John Sharp in various performances, including in The Mikado.
As well as opera societies, he has also been a member of a number of theatre troupes in Beaconsfield, Amersham and the Chalfonts for many years.
I'm really excited and so happy John will be doing this, and will have more news about this as the summer unfolds. What a fantastic and exciting thing to be happening!!