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An Interview with Voice Actor Michel Young

Not too much longer now and the audiobook for Imaginary Me will be available for your ears to enjoy! And your ears will definitely enjoy what voice actor Michel Young does for this special book I wrote. He was able to bring the book to life in a way I never imagined. You'll laugh. You'll cry. And most importantly, you'll be inspired by the tale of Samantha Pruitt and how she overcomes the obstacles in her life through imagination.

I had the chance to ask Michel about his background, what he enjoys most about voice over work and his thoughts on Imaginary Me. Below are his responses.

What do you enjoy about voiceover work and audiobook narration?
Voice over is so much fun for me because I can bring to life so many different characters.

What education do you have for it?
A lot of training and studying with many different coaches. Voice over has many different genres: commercial, promo, animation, audiobook, narration, etc. Each one of these has coaches that can help train.

How h…

Book Review: The Death Cure

The Death Cure by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was real close to giving this to giving this book 4 stars, and I'd probably give it a 3.5 if I had the option. But did I "really like it"? No. Did I "like" it? Yes.

It starts off promising. Having not read the second book in the series for many years (maybe three or four to be exact), it took me a moment to get reacquainted with everything happening in the story. Fortunately, some clues here and there reminded me of what happened in the first and second book.

The entire first act was fun and mysterious as Thomas tries to discover why WICKED has him and [SPOILER: it details he and his friends escape from their facility :END SPOILER].

As we go into the second act, some things happen. Some interesting but not nearly as much as before. [SPOILER: Thomas stumbles into some new people who want to take down WICKED and his best buddy Newt suffers some tough stuff that eventually leads to his death. :END SPOILER][…

Quaratined or Stuck at Home? Here are some free books.

The global crisis regarding the COVID-19 virus (or coronavirus) is affecting anyone and everyone. Whether you get the virus or not, in some way, our lives are being impacted. Schools are closed. Parties discouraged. Social distancing encouraged. Entire countries in lockdown. Toilet paper being bought up like it's gold. The list goes on and on.

Pretty stressful stuff for sure. Something out of a movie or book. Something none of us have ever experienced to the point that it might be surreal.

You probably find yourself stuck at home right now, looking for something to do. Netflix, Disney+, video games, books. Those are probably keeping everybody company.

I'd like to give you something to occupy your time while you wait this thing out. So, starting today until the end of the month (or possibly longer depending how all of this goes), you can read any of my books at no cost. This option is available through the Smashwords website using the coupon code listed below. (This coupon cod…

Book Review: The Many-Colored Land

Sometimes a book challenges your intelligence. This may be through twists in the plot or factual information you knew nothing about. Sometimes it's simply the vocabulary used within the book.

The Many-Colored (or Coloured, depending on where you live) Land challenged my vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure from the start. However, after reading a little over 10% of the book, it either settled down in its approach or I adapted to the writing style.

You see, that first 10% will make or break you. If you are unable to get past it, you will probably not enjoy the book and even choose to close its pages or delete it from your device.

Fortunately, I enjoyed the book. My initial draw to it was it being a group read and also that it contained time travel, which always entices me no matter how bad a book or movie turns out to be.

This book is an adventurous romp through the Pliocene era of earth, nearly 26 million years ago (give or a take a year). The wham and bam of the op…

Imaginary Me - Audiobook Cover

As I'm writing the next book for Fram Gage, it's getting more difficult to find time to write blog posts. They're probably going to be more infrequent and shorter in length as a result.

But here's one for today! And true to the above statement, it's shorter in length!

The final cover design for the audiobook for Imaginary Me is below. It's a slight variation of the book cover. You'll notice that my author name is less prominent. And it also specifies who is reading the audiobook.

Of course, that's Michel Young! So far, about a third of the book is recorded and I have to say I can't be happier with what Michael is doing! This is turning into a fantastic production. He's bringing the book to life in a way I never could have imagined.

Other requirements for an audiobook cover is that it be square in shape. This forced me to make some slight changes to how the image of Sammy Pruitt and her imaginary friend were placed. For most, it'll go unnotic…