What I’m reading: The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly (Nook); Murder in the Queen’s Armes, by Aaron Elkins (print)
I’m excited that Finding Sarah is now live as an Audio Book. This is the first in my Pine Hills Police Series, and is narrated by Kelley Hazen, whom you met in some of my earlier “To Hear or Not to Hear” posts. Right now, I’m in “proof-listening” mode for the second book, Hidden Fire, and she’s already working on Saving Scott.
Learning as I go, before she got started on Saving Scott, I sent Kelley some of my thoughts on the new characters in Saving Scott. A lot of them have appeared in the first 2 books, so she’s already got their voices established. But where as an author, I tend to use physical descriptions and body language to give readers a picture of my characters, Kelley doesn’t see them as much as she hears them. I thought you might be interested in seeing her thought processes as she establishes the voices she’s going to use for some of “our” characters—because they belong to her as much as to me by now.
Doranna — not in the women’s group but — I believe the text says “no nonsense attitude” — I see her lower register, very tight and clipped and quick in her words and not a lot of change in timbre or pitch. Like a typewriter. Maybe even the woman who has smoked a thousand cigarettes.
PENNY — I am lead by her use of the word ‘dagnabit’ — I see her in the Maggie family but slower, lower, louder, more cynical. The loud clogs, the eating the cookies, the bizarre clothes. That woman.
Kathleen — yes, the pearls is her giveaway—always her hands on her pearls, pulling her pearls when she gets uncomfortable or concerned, prissy, conservative, shocked, nervous, vocally smoother, higher or midrange, slower, not stupid but simpler as in not as up to date perhaps on hip things. That feel.