Exciting news, y’all! NILES is now available in Audiobook form for your listening pleasure! He has a voice, and he’s waiting for you to hear his story. One of the three Station Novelettes, NILES brings you closer to the Station and its inhabitants, and gives you a peek into what it was like to meet Piper Willow for the first time. If you’re new to audiobooks, you can sign up for a free trial membership at Audible and download NILES for free. But read on, Stationers, because there’s a Giveaway attached to this post as well!
“…After all that ‘training’ the powers that be expected us to go into someone else’s mind and fix things. My first handful of assignments scared me more than anything prior had. But after the third, I realized one important fact about humanity – we all hurt the same; it’s what we do with that hurt that matters. And I won’t lie, it took several dozen more assignments for me to feel worthy as a Volunteer. Because I was damaged goods. Not until I embraced that realization did I see that we all are.
Not a damn one of us is perfect.”
And now, a special treat for y’all. The narrator for NILES is in the house for a surprise Q&A! Get yourself settled, and depending on your time zone, pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (I won’t judge) and meet Richard Wilson, the man behind the mic…
Q: Hi Rick! Nice to have you on the blog today! Working with you on NILES was a fun experience! Since you’ve narrated other audiobooks before, can you tell us how NILES might have been different for you?
A: Well, many books just require a straight narration. You know, “The sun was setting as the haggard bartender motioned me to take a seat near the window….” But this book is Niles’ personal story. It’s told with his thoughts and his feelings. So beside just narrating the book, to some degree I had to become Niles. I wanted to make his thoughts and feelings real to the listener. It was quite a journey. When people arrive at The Station, they are not like a tourist stepping off a plane. Through the story, Niles experiences a full range of emotions.
Q: He absolutely does, and I think you’ve played his character well for listeners. So, how did you approach the process of creating the audiobook?
A: At first, I was able to spend a few hours talking with you about the book, about Niles, and his relationships with the other characters. That was a delight. I usually just get handed a script and am left on my own. It is a pleasure to actually talk to the author and get their feel for the character. I also read through the script carefully a few days before stepping into the studio to let it all sink in. I know that seems quite basic, but you would be surprised how often audiobooks are just done off a “cold read.” That technique can work, but the end result can often lack warmth. I was glad to have the added time to get to know Niles a bit.
Q. This was also the first time I spoke with a narrator before hand and it made for an entirely different experience! I appreciate you taking the time to do that with me. You have some similarities to Niles that helped in casting you for the audiobook. Was that a help?
A. Yes. I am very similar in age to Niles and I also have two sons. There are historic references in Niles’ story that I also remember well. So, it made it easy to relate to Niles. The biggest differences are that he came from Seattle and I live in California. And, of course, he is at The Station.
Q. I think having those connections made the reading very believable. Was there any part of the project that you particularly liked?
A. I really enjoyed working interactively with you, Trish. It was exciting sharing some of the segments of the story as they were produced. I was amazed at how late into the night we were exchanging emails. It is a fun collaboration.
As far as the story, there is a section where Niles has his “Life in Review.” It’s deeply emotional. But, I enjoyed doing that section exactly because it was challenging. It is still my favorite part of the story.
Q: This really has been a great collaboration, Rick. Thank you for that! The scene where Niles has his Life in Review was hard to write, but listening to it myself, I forgot about being the author for a moment and truly enjoyed it as a listener. Yep, I cried. Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to share?
A. For one, I’m honored to become a part of The Station Series. It is a special world that you’ve created and Niles is an important part of that world. Second, I hope people who love The Station Series will also enjoy this newest piece. It was a lot of fun to produce.
I am so excited to share this production with the Station fans, Rick! Thank you for the hard work and making this process a memorable one! And thanks again for being here today, Rick!
For those of you anxious to listen to Niles (and of course I encourage each of you to do so, lol) please read on to find out how you can win a free copy!
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