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TH Leatherman is a writer from Firestone, Colorado. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, winemaking, and the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. When not busy writing his next book, he can be found hiking with his wife and two sons or walking his rescued dogs. He worked as a stockbroker for twenty years before he started writing full time. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Regis University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. He has released four books, The Burning Son, Marque of the Son, Son Rise, Twin Sons and The Son Set, an omnibus edition of the first three books.
About the Narrator: Russell Archey
Russell Archey loves the spoken word. Whether you need a story told, a product marketed, or a character brought to life, he takes both great pleasure and pride in voicing your project. Let him bring his passion and skill for the art to your creative venture.
Clean, warm sound. Full and rich narration. Villainous vs. Heroic. Energetic and Upbeat! Smooth or Gravelly. Serious and heavy...or Light and Humorous! Lurch with a heart of gold or sinister evil lurking in the shadows.
Russell is what you need him to be!
Oh, don’t get me started. I tried to track down voice talent on my own. Two guys I lined up to do it flaked out on me. I got the equipment to do it myself, but it took too much time away from writing. I found another narrator through Audible who ghosted me. I lucked out when an author friend of my suggested I contact Russell. He’s used him for some of his books and thought he’d be a great fit for mine. Turns out he was right!
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?
I write sci-fi, so I have a lot of made up words, so I worked with Russell to get the pronunciation right. I also have a sprinkling of different languages thrown in, so he was great in getting the Arabic and other languages right.
Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
The Burning Son grew out of a desire to see a Merchant Freighter in a Star Trek universe. Shortly after I began work on it Firefly came out and I shelved the project for a few years.
How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
Write every day. No excuses. When you get in the habit, the words come easier. I’ve always got a ton of creative ideas flowing, so the trouble is staying with a project when I really want to be writing something else. LOL.
Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
Yes. I love that I can listen to books while driving, doing yard work, and walking my dogs.
I know it sounds kinda cheesy, but I would love to have seen the Library of Alexandria in it’s heyday. I LOVE libraries and that would be my holy grail if I had one.
If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
Wow, that’s tough. It changes, so what I think today might not be correct tomorrow. Maybe Paul Rudd or Nathan Fillian for Mark, Dichen Lachman for Sara, Ellen Page for Racy, and Cassidy Nugent for Pythia.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
I’d say that whatever way you choose to consume books is great for you. I’m a fan of them all!
How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
I love to cook, so I put together a fantastic dinner for my family. Steak with sauted mushroom and onions, baked tilapia with roasted veggies, whatever sounds good at the time.
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
I’m a big fan of series. I think as a professional author, if you want to make a living at it, a series is the way to go.
Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
Often. But strangely enough, not Mark.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Above all else, the most important tool in an author's toolbox is a critique group. But it has to be the right fit. It is the single most important thing for an aspiring writer to help them improve their craft.
Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
Talk with other authors who have published audiobooks. Get in with them and the narrator community. As tempting as it may be to do it yourself, the learning curve is very high, so hire a professional.
What’s next for you?
Write and publish book 5, publish a book of puns, publish a financial self help book, push the other Burning Son books out to audio.