June 12, 2017
Hearing Your Words Come to Life
Bobby Singh is the audio engineer in charge of recording the audio book of my new novel, working out of an audio studio on Dufferin Street near the tracks in Toronto’s west end.I love audio studios: ...
June 10, 2017
Calling All Writers to an Audio Book Project
Once upon a time, audio books were recorded (somewhat mysteriously to a writer) by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.There was always a clause in your publishing contract giving the CNIB the ...
June 08, 2017
How to Make an Audio Book
So there I was in the studio, listening to actor Pascal Langdale tape the narration of my novel Mad Richard for an audio book.Born in England, educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, ...
June 06, 2017
I’m a big advocate of writers carrying notebooks. You can jot down thoughts, overheard conversations—I’m a terrible eavesdropper—sights you want to call up later.Yesterday, a father was trying ...
June 04, 2017
Finding Your Material -- and This Time, Billie Holiday
The question is, how does a writer recognize what is uniquely her material? Save herself from wrong turns, dead ends, dead writing?The subject has always been central to me—an obsession—and years ...
June 01, 2017
How to Find Your Material -- and Mike Babcock
So there I was last Friday, landing in Phoenix with my hockey team, heading for a recreational hockey tournament. Ice hockey, I should specify, since we’re talking Phoenix, temperature 34 degrees C ...