Author: Millie Copper
Narrators: Angela Church; Nick Sullivan
Length: 9 hours 32 minutes
Series: Havoc in Wyoming, Book 1
Released: Apr. 21, 2020
Publisher: CU Publishing LLC
Genre: Christian Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic
At the edge of the wilderness, far away from the big city, nothing bad could ever happen in such a protected place...or could it? Jake and Mollie Caldwell started their small farm and homestead to be able to provide for an uncertain future for their family, friends, and community. They have tried to plan for everything, but they never imagined this would happen. In this chaotic new world, where nothing is normal, easy, or safe, will Jake and Mollie’s family be able to make it to the safe haven they have provided? Will the Caldwells’ planning, provisions, and faith be enough? Caldwell’s Homestead is the first installment of the Havoc in Wyoming Christian Futuristic series. If you like mysterious apocalyptic events, fast-paced adventure, and plausible situations, then you’ll love this pause-resisting series. Download today and discover why listeners love this twist on the post-apocalyptic genre! The Havoc in Wyoming series has been described as “cozy” apocalypse and contains no profanity, gratuitous sex scenes, or overly detailed gruesome death scenes. However, it does contain conservative family values and references to God, prayer, scripture, and Christianity.
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
- Once I got past the part of “should I or shouldn’t I” and moved on to finding my narration team, it was completely painless! Angela Church was very professional, and the co-narrator, Nick Sullivan, has been doing this for a decade. I never worried about how it was going or what was going on.
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- I didn’t even plan to publish the stories I was writing, let alone think of audio. Quite honestly, if I would have thought that far ahead, I would have done things very differently. Caldwell’s Homestead is written in first person POV from 10-year-old Malcolm and his dad Jake’s perspective. This resulted in needing a dual narration, so Nick Sullivan guest narrates as Jake. The next books in the series were written from a female perspective and will be performed solely by Angela Church, to maintain continuity. If I would have known what I was doing from the beginning, all books would be written from a single female perspective.
- How did you select your narrator?
- My friend Cap Daniels (author of the Chase Fulton series), knew Nick and Angela. He referred them to me. I chatted with them, listened to their demos, and knew they were perfect.
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- We talked early on about the history of the people in the story. And there were some pronunciation tips, mainly cities and towns. My team did the QC, so Angela and Nick would record several chapters and send it over for approval. It was really very easy. I highly recommend both Angela Church and Nick Sullivan.
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- The Havoc in Wyoming series is what some people refer to as Prepper Fiction. It was inspired by real-life prepper activities and, with the latest worldwide events, has turned out to be very timely. I can definitely say, though, while I did mention the importance of purchasing toilet paper, I didn’t give it the focus it received in real life!
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- We listen primarily while driving. And living in the wide-open spaces of Wyoming we drive a lot! When it’s over half an hour to the grocery store, it’s nice to have a way to pass the time. My son and I also have audiobooks playing during the daytime as part of his homeschool curriculum. My husband especially loves the audio format and will often listen to a book while working around our small farm.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- This is a huge topic of conversation in the homeschool community, with many agreeing it’s cheating. Not for us! When we added audiobooks to our curriculum, our son's reading skills drastically improved and he developed a love of stories. Truthfully, he’d still rather listen to a book than read it, but so would his dad. ;)
- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
- I wrote a second novel. :)
- What’s next for you?
- Part 5 in the Havoc in Wyoming series was recently released, and I’ve just sent a standalone side story (set in the same world) off for beta reading. Angela Church and I are looking at when the second book in the series, Katie’s Journey, can be converted to audio. I’m finishing up my outline for Part 6 of the series and will start writing it in a couple of weeks. Right now, I’m enjoying spending time with my new grandson.