Scott Brick is a legend in the world of audiobook narrators, with over 600 books to his credit. He’s also an enormously talented actor and writer. So I was over the moon when I heard his audition for the SMTN audiobook. Within a few sentences, I knew Scott had absolutely nailed the characters and their world.
In fact, when I now go back and reread portions of the book, I hear it in Scott’s voice. He managed to replace the voices in my head with his ownâ€”that’sâ€¦ well, phenomenal.
So imagine my delight when I received a note from Scott thanking me for the opportunity to work on Something More Than Night, and letting me know how much he enjoyed the project. (And it turns out Scott is an avowed fan of both SFF and noir storiesâ€”as Bogart famously said, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”)
Scott graciously agreed to let me toss a few interview questions his way. Below the cut, read my conversation with the man who gave voice to Bayliss, Molly, andâ€”oh yeahâ€”the Voice of God.
My new book, Something More Than Night, makes extensive use of the vocabulary and tropes of the old pulp noir detective stories of the 1930s-1950s. One character in particular embraces this persona with gusto: Bayliss speaks like no other character in the story.
It was a fun writing challenge to set for myself. It was also a hell of a lot of work.
By the time my preparations were complete, I had assembled an 80 page slang glossary containing over 750 entries, each with its own contextual example and bibliographic reference.
Now that the book is out (hooray!) I’m posting the glossary online.
[Obligatory self promotion and reminder: I’ll be on the West Coast in a few weeks, signing copies of the final Milkweed novel, Necessary Evil. Feel free to swing by if you happen to be in the area! My schedule can be found here.]
Over the past weekend, I came across two articles pertaining to a subject of constant fascination for me: tDCS, or transcranial direct-current stimulation. One new within the last week, the other almost exactly a year older.
This past week at the day job was utterly crazytown bananapants. Yikes.
So, just a quick update to mention that copyedits on Milkweed #3, Necessary Evil, are finished. As with the first two Milkweed books, I was lucky to land a really superb copyeditor who went to great lengths to make me appear (somewhat) literate.
That’s another milestone on the way to publication. And a pretty major one. Next stop, galleys! And before I know it, the calendar will say “April” and the book will be out. Hooray!
Transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) has been mentioned here on the blog several times. I’m endlessly fascinated by the subject, and perhaps not surprisingly.
I’m mentioning this because the great folks at Orbit have kindly invited me to write another guest post for their blog; in this one, I speculate at length about DARPA’s not-so-secret plan to create superheroes.
And today marks just one week before Bitter Seeds hits shelves in the UK! And just 12 days before The Coldest War hits shelves here in the US! This is shaping up to be a fun month for me.