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I’ve revealed a time or two here, and if you follow me on Facebook or other places you know this, that I’m a fan of theater. I love a good performance. I’ve found in the last year that there are wonderful performances to be had in audiobooks. Because of my day job, I make a twelve hour round trip drive to San Francisco every six weeks or so. Twelve hours is just about the perfect fit for a novel or two novellas.
As more and more readers in the m/m genre are also embracing audiobooks—you just have to look at the array of titles Dreamspinner’s been putting out as evidence—I wanted to give it a go with one of my books. I’d done a fair bit of research on the business side of audiobooks, so I felt ready to dive in.
Flipping for Him, a young adult multicultural romance that came out earlier this year in ebook and paperback, has been a book of experiments for me. It was my first go at indie publishing so I did a lot of “firsts” with it. I decided it could be my first audiobook as well.
I had it pretty easy time choosing a performer/narrator for the book. I’d gotten to know Jason Frazier on Facebook and admired the work he’d done with some other audiobooks in the genre. I was thrilled we agreed that he’d be the voice behind Flipping for Him.
The audiobook’s been available for about six weeks and I’m delighted with out it turned out. I caught up with Jason recently to ask him about the making of the book.
Jeff: What kind of prep did you have to do for Flipping for Him since there were about a dozen character voices plus the narrator?
Jason: I didn’t have to much prep beyond getting more in tune with Japanese accents and familiarizing myself with certain native words. Those were the most important pre-recording “prep” steps I took. Beyond that, it was fairly easy to go through the text and find characterizations that fit, vocally, for the characters in the book.
Jeff: My favorite voice in the performance is Kevin’s best friend Marshall. He’s very distinct, and the voice fits his description so perfectly. Do you have a favorite voice, or is that like asking you to pick a favorite child?
Jason: I have to say that my favorite voice I did for Flipping for Him is Shin himself. It took me quite a while to find that voice. I wanted to make sure it sounded warm, friendly, strong and solid at times, and not overly-ethnic. I didn’t want to indulge stereotypes, and I wanted to try to find a middle ground in terms of qualities that, when added together, made for a pleasant speaking voice for Shin as well as a pleasant listening experience for the audience.
Jeff: The audiobook is just over three hours, about how much audio did you record to create the finished product?
Jason: The rule of thumb is that it usually takes two hours to record one hour of finished content. That’s due to the nature of the recording process, and playing with the lines and finding the right way to bring a line across—it all pads out the time incredibly. So there is always an overflow of extraneous material from the recording of a project. There’s probably six or seven hours of raw recordings for Flipping for Him all told.
Jeff: Were there any particular challenges to recording Flipping for Him? Or was it pretty straight forward? Any interesting bloopers from recording?
Jason: Once I decided on my Japanese interpretation of Shin and his parents, my main challenge in recording and performing the story was doing my best to keep those characters as consistent as possible from recording day to recording day. This was the first time I’d ever voiced a Japanese character, both male and female, so I was a bit daunted at first how it might come across. But I have to say, I’m very happy with how it turned out and feel there’s a lot of authenticity to the scenes from a performance standpoint.
Regarding bloopers, oh f**k, there are several, and too many to list here. But suffice it to say, when you’re recording so much dialogue, tongue-twisters are particularly maddening. Those are the times where, for whatever reason, a line just wont come out right and you find yourself laboring over one line for like ten minutes, screaming in frustration in the booth.
Audiobook production is not always an easy process, with many moving parts, but it’s my job to present a polished, retail-ready product that leaves only the best bits in the listener’s ear. They need to just be transported and enter the world the author was looking to create, not feel they’re part of the technical aspects of its recording and creation.
Jeff: What was your favorite scene to do and why? Mine is when Kevin and Shin have been hanging out for the first time and how things progress when they end up in Kevin’s bedroom.
Jason: My favorite scene is also from when Kevin and Shin are first in Kevin’s room. Loved finding all the intimacy in those lines and really playing that. I want the audience to feel that sense of sexual tension, and fun… the slight awkwardness and playfulness that finally gives way to their first real romantic moments. It’s a beautifully written scene and I could envision it as I was performing the characters.
So that’s a quick look behind the scenes of the Flipping for Him audiobook. I had a great time working on it and hopefully readers/listeners will enjoy it.
If you’d like to snag a copy for yourself, I’m giving one away! One lucky person who leaves a comment will win a free copy of Flipping for Him, winners choice of audiobook or ebook. And while you’re commenting, feel free to leave questions, too. I’ll stop by and check in over the coming days and answer whatever is there.
Title: Flipping for Him
Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 07/21/2015
Cover Artist: Sylvia Frost
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Romance, Young Adult
Finding a guy was easy. Keeping him might be harder than running up a tree.
Kevin McCollum is a high school junior with the usual things on his mind: getting good grades, having fun, and finding a boyfriend. The last one always eluded him until he noticed the “parkour guy.” After several days of pretending to study while watching the attractive teen jump on rocks, run up trees, and do flips, Shin finally comes over to introduce himself. As they start dating, Kevin should’ve known it wouldn’t be that easy.
Shin’s parents only want their son to date Japanese boys. When cultures clash and pressures mount, Kevin has no idea how to subvert traditions and Shin’s parents to keep the boy he cares about.
Kevin will need to clear some tricky obstacles to make his modern love story a reality.
About Jeff Adams
Jeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com (http://www.PuckBuddys.com). You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at jeffadamswrites.com (http://www.jeffadamswrites.com/). You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc). and sign up for his email list (http://eepurl.com/7TJC9) to get the latest updates.
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