Author: Stacy Eaton
Narrator: Rebecca Ehrenpreis
Length: 8 hour 10 minutes
Publisher: Nitewolf Novels
Released: Jun. 15, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead-on. When Detective Foster responds to the scene of a crash, she finds the female passenger dead, a bag full of money in the back seat and a body in the trunk. It is only when the driver, whom she nicknames Jay, wakes up with no memory that she must go with her instincts and continue the investigation in a way that was never taught. Jay finds himself lost, but drawn to the beautiful detective who steps above and beyond the call of duty. His need to know if he was a victim or the criminal pushes him to try and recall what happened and who he is. With the pull of a trigger, Jay's memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.
Q&A with Author Stacy Eaton
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- When I wrote Six Days of Memories, audiobooks weren’t all that popular, so no, I didn’t think about that at the time.
- Were there any real-life inspirations behind your writing?
- At the time that I wrote this, I was a police detective, so Tasha was a little piece of me. I also previously studied martial arts, but my daughter was taking them at the time and worked herself up to Second Degree Black Belt before she retired at the age of 16.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- I love to listen to audiobooks, but I don’t have much time. I don’t read books at all anymore as I have an issue with my left eye, and I save my eyesight for my writing time. Listening makes it so much easier to enjoy a book.
- What gets you out of a writing slump?
- Moving on to another book. When I am having issues with one story, I will move on to a different one until the characters start to talk to me again. It is not unheard for me to have 2 or 3 books going at the same time.
- In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
- If you’re one of those people who love to lose themselves in a world, then a series is the way to go. I write both but do tend to write more series novels these days. I enjoy creating a new world and getting lost in it for a while. However, some stories don’t lend themselves to a novel, like Six Days of Memories. That story filled the pages of one novel, and while a few people would have enjoyed hearing more about the characters, I felt that their story was over for them.
- Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
- All the time. I work through scenes as I am falling asleep and many times I have dreamed of my characters while I slept. I have woken up many times knowing exactly where the next scene needed to go.
- What’s next for you?
- Right now, I am working on my publishing schedule for 2021. Currently, I have 16 books publishing in 2021, and I plan to finish the following Series: Loving a Young, The Unexpected Series. I hope to move them into audio next year. I’m also working on my series, the Rise Again Warrior Series and the third book in the series is coming out for that one in May.
Q&A with Narrator Rebecca Ehrenpreis
- When did you know that you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
- It was a dream from a number of years ago. I always loved telling stories. I also used to record myself reading stories and creating radio dramas when I was a child on cassette tape. I am a voiceover actor as well and audiobooks are connected to drama and acting. I like playing different characters so I knew that this was a dream career for me.
- What about this title compelled you to audition as a narrator?
- The title intrigued me. Six Days of Memories. It could have meant so many things. It was mysterious and romantic at the same time. I wanted to know more. Who the characters were. What was going to happen to them that would make six days become so memorable to them.
- Do you read reviews for your audiobooks?
- Yes, I always do and I encourage listeners who buy the books or who receive free promo codes to write reviews. It is very important for me to hear what listeners have to say. Both positive and negative criticism is good because then I hear what the listeners want and what they feel could be a better performance for my next book. It also helps me know if I am doing anything wrong.
- What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?
- My favorite parts are figuring out who my characters are and how I will act them. The least favorite part is when I make a mistake in the narration, having to redo it or cleaning up the narrated files if I hear mouth noises.
- Did you find it difficult to break into audiobook narration?
- Yes, I did and still find it difficult. I thought it would be easy because I have a background in voiceovers. Audiobook narration is a very difficult field to break into. I am still learning. I think everybody in the field has to always be learning. I took some private audiobook narrator coaches who each taught me their own skills and slowly I figured out how to narrate. It is not just a narration job. I have to read the book a few times. Prep it. Figure out who the characters are. What is each of their stories. There is figuring out the voices for each one. And then there is the time of day when to record. For me, my voice is best in the morning to early afternoon.
- How closely do you prefer to work with the authors?
- I prefer to work with the authors very closely. I also try to look them up on youtube or other televised places where I can see them. Hear how they speak. Get to know them better so I am able to understand the story that they write better with them in mind. Then when I prep the book, I like that I am able to write to the author and ask them about pronunciations that I don't know.
- Are you an audiobook listener?
- Yes, I am. What about the audiobook format appeals to you? I like that I can listen when and where ever I want. If I want to speed up a chapter or skip something or go back to something, everything is accessible. I also feel like I am listening to someone telling me a story. In some of the audiobooks, I have listened to, especially in the car, I get so into them, that sometimes, I feel like I am in the story itself. I tell the characters, "No, don't do that." As if they could hear me. LOL.
- What type of things are harmful to your voice?
- Dairy. Anything with milk gives me so many mouth noises. Also when I have green apples on an empty stomach, my stomach has so many stomach noises, it is terrible.
- Have there been any characters that you really connected with?
- Yes, I feel that in each audiobook that I have done, I have connected with all the characters.
- If you could narrate one book from your youth who would it be and why?
- I loved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I loved that book. I read it so many times. There are so many characters in the book and I love stories about Chocolate.
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