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.
You know what? I cannot imagine a future scenario where I tire of saying, “So, yeah, hey, by the way, my new book is officially published today.” Because, sheesh, I have to admit it’s a fun thing to say.
In fact, I think I’ll do it right now.
My newest novel, Something More Than Night, is officially published today!
(ETA: Be warned. There be spoilers in the comments.)
I am extremely excited that my first non-Milkweed novel, and my second novel for 2013, hits shelves in less than two weeks! So I’ll probably be talking about Something More Than Night a fair bit over the next few weeks.
I can’t help it. In some ways it’s my favorite book of anything I’ve written, and I’m just plum thrilled to see it finally making its way into the world.
So I was overjoyed when Kirkus included Something More Than Night in its list of the best SFF novels of 2013.
A while back (almost a year ago!) I posted about my first post-Milkweed novel, Something More Than Night. I’m very excited about this book. Thanks to my excellent editor, it’s looking fairly polished now and is starting to make its way through the production process.
Which means, among other things, that it now has cover art! Which has been unveiled in a cool post on Tor.com.