Heloise the Bard, Erithea's most renowned storyteller (at least, to hear her tell it), is here to set the record straight. See, it turns out adventuring isn't easy, and true heroism is as rare as an articulate villager. Having spent decades propagating this particular myth (which, incidentally, she wrote), she finally able to tell the real story - for which she just so happened to have a front-row seat. Welcome to Erithea. I hope you brought a change of undergarments - things are going to get messy.
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About the Author Sean Gibson
Sean is the author of several stories starring Heloise the Bard, including The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True, "You Just Can't Hide from Chriskahzaa," and The Chronicle of Heloise & Grimple. He also wrote the Victorian-set fantasy thriller The Camelot Shadow and its prequel short, "The Strange Task Before Me." He has written extensively for Kirkus Reviews, and his book reviews have also appeared in Esquire.
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? I was barely coherent during most of the drafting stage and couldn’t figure out what to have for lunch, so wasn’t really thinking ahead to the possibility of turning this into an audiobook. That said, as I got close to the finish line--and made the critical decision to go with a peanut butter sandwich--I started to think about how it would sound, thinking about how much fun it would be if we could find someone who had the vocal range to do so many different characters.
- What's your favorite:
- Food: Pizza (though now I’m trying to eat vegan, so it’s more like pizza crust topped with tomato sauce, fresh basil, and the salty tears of so many delicious memories)
- Book: Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Television show
- Movie: Ghostbusters
- Band: Van Halen (with Sammy Hagar, of course)
- Sports team
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors? The best advice I’ve ever heard is from legendary fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, who advises that if you can quit, do it. Walk away. In fact, run away. Just stop. Writing is a hard, lonely, and often fruitless undertaking. Why do something like that if you don’t have to? But if you can’t stop--if you absolutely feel compelled to keep telling stories no matter how hard it is or how much you’d be having if you were, instead, hot-tubbing with the cool kids (whoa...high school flashbacks), then you’re a writer, and you’ve got to pour everything you’ve got into it and never stop trying to get better.
- Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks? It’s obviously important to find someone who has the right voice, but it’s also critical to find someone who you feel like gets what you’re trying to do and is open to input and collaboration. I feel very, very lucky to have found exactly that.
- What’s next for you? Probably another peanut butter sandwich. And hopefully more stories. Come hang out with me at www.seangibsonauthor.com
About the Narrator: Haley Catherine
Haley Catherine is am a performer, singer and VO actor based in both London and Austin, Texas (depending on the time of year, and state of the world!). She received her BFA (cum laude) from Boston Conservatory and my MA (distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has spent her time since training working with companies such as The National, Secret Cinema, Welsh National Opera, and more, as well as narrating audiobooks for ACX and Audible.