In final production review of The Lady of the Tower Audio Book. It is a whole new incredible experience to hear their stories, letters and words aloud. I can’t wait to share. Bridget Thomas, an extremely talented narrator, won the audtion based on my readers’ votes (and mine, I was so hoping they’d love her as much as I do). Check out her voice on the clip on her website.
Next month I head back to the Tower of London for some behind-the-scenes research on my latest book. When I was last there, I took a few photos from inside the Queen’s House, the home of The Lady of the Tower. Here’s my article on MK Tod’s excellent Historical Fiction blog.
Happy to share a free download of Counterpoint, a short story I wrote to explain the “other” side of Theo, Earl of Suffolk. Hoping to write more in the coming weeks – it’s really fun to explore alternative points of views of some of my favorite characters from The Lydiard Chronicles. Please accept this as a “thank you” from me!
So grateful for a series of awards given to The Lydiard Chronicles recently. It’s such a lovely feeling to know that your work is read and appreciated, and enjoyed by all kinds of readers. So, thank you for the honor, and thanks for the inspiration to keep writing!
Thanks to all my wonderful FB Friends and Tweeps who voted on the very clear winner to narrate and produce the Audio Book for The Lady of the Tower. I’m now at the next stage – a critical review of the first 20 minutes of the book! How does this sound to you – a great cross section of mature and young Lucy, Allen, Barbara and Joan. Post a comment or drop me an email and let me know if this meets your imagination of the characters!
I was recently asked to contribute to The Recipes Project, an international group of scholars interested in the history of recipes, ranging from magical charms to veterinary remedies. Old recipes can tell us a lot about the past, such as how medicines were prepared, when certain foods became popular, or why ingredients might be magical. Here’s my article about how Lady Johanna St.John’s Recipe Book inspired The Lady of the Tower.
I am excited to be exploring options to publish an Audio Book of The Lady of the Tower. Working with ACX.com, I have been auditioning narrators for the past few weeks, and was pleased with the caliber and quality of the submissions. I’ve narrowed the list down to six, and have posted them below. I would love your feedback on them. I gave them two scenes from the book, which I thought would give a good cross section of emotion and characterization. The book will have just one narrator, so an ability to assume different roles is crucial. All are talented actresses, with an ability to provide a number of different accents, and all are native English-speaking. Here’s a recap:
Scene 1 – Lucy and Allen, where Allen declares his intent to marry her.
Scene 2 – Lucy, Barbara and Theo, where Lucy confronts and accuses them of the betrayal they played on her.
I’d love your feedback on:
Characterization, Clarity, Emotional Connection and Appropriate Age. Lucy ages from 14 to 44 in the book, so it’s important that the narrator has a voice that can stretch this age. And, if you’ve read the book, who do you personally think is the Lucy you imagined. If you could please rank your top three, and why you chose #1, that would be wonderful.
#A – LOTT GdC
#B LOTT HT
#C LOTT ADJ
#D LOTT JEB
#E LOTT BM
#F LOTT BT
Please email me your thoughts by January 31st at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on this post.
Thank you so very much! I’m excited to hear your thoughts and so appreciate you helping me on this project.
So sorry to say goodbye to Swindon Heritage Magazine, a brilliant publication that has done so much to highlight the arts and history of Swindon. And so very grateful that they chose to honor “The Lydiard Chronicles” in the final issue, and delighted to share the page with another “Lydiard Author” the very talented Nicola Cornick.
Thank you – I will forever keep this. Hoping the editorial staff will still be active in the community, doing the vitally important work of keeping our heritage and history alive.