Recording Your Character’s Voice by Aaron Paul Lazar

Please welcome my guest, Aaron Paul Lazar, author of the LeGarde mysteries and  Healey’s Cave, the first book in the Moore paranormal mysteries. Lazar says:

I’m wondering if every author needs to take voice-over training. Especially if they want to record their works in audio formats. 

Readers like hearing the author read. Right? They know that only the author really understands the nuances of each sentence, the way it was supposed to be said aloud. I do believe this, and wish I could download books read by Dean Koontz himself, or that John D. MacDonald could come down from Heaven for a while to record his Travis MacGee series for us. Wouldn’t that be cool? 

When you’re reading from your own character’s point of view, you really have to get inside his head. You have to feel his pain, suffer his humiliations, and share in his joy. 

Could you do that? If so, it’s a good sign that you really know your characters.

And what do you do if your character is of the opposite sex? I guess unless you’re a woman with a very deep voice, or a man who does a reasonable falsetto, you’ve got to find someone who fits that mold, a friend who can sound like your character and really get inside his or her brain. 

Would you like to get to know a character, even before you read his book?

Well, I never took acting lessons, but I sat in the back of the auditorium while my daughter performed in fifteen musicals and plays. Maybe a little of the training rubbed off on me. I don’t know. 

Regardless, I figured it was a good idea to help create a little buzz for my debut book in my new green marble series by writing a letter from Sam Moore to his future readers. Would you like to hear it? See what you think and please let me know, below. 

Sam Moore’s most intimate and tortured thoughts are in this video. It’s not really a normal video, but the only way to get audio on YouTube or other sites is to put a jpeg image behind it and save it as a movie file. ;o) Took me all day to figure that out – shows you how bright I am. And I didn’t want to make it into a book trailer, for Heaven’s sake. I already have one of those!

Sam Moore is a retired country doctor in the new paranormal mystery series, Moore Mysteries. The first book just came out via Twilight Times Books, and you can read the first few chapters here: Healey’s Cave .

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Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of LeGarde Mysteries and Moore Mysteries enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his websites at www.legardemysteries.com and www.mooremysteries.com and watch for his upcoming release, FIRESONG, coming Winter, 2010.

 

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9 Responses to “Recording Your Character’s Voice by Aaron Paul Lazar”

  1. Aaron Lazar Says:

    Pat, thanks for letting Sam Moore speak today!

  2. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    I love the trailer… now I have to buy the book! The video is a great idea and the passage chosen enhances my desire to read the story. The only thing that occurred to me is that Sam’s voice sounds a little too young to be reminiscing about “fifty long years ago”. (Is that a compliment or a criticism???) Not that a 62-year-old’s voice would always be a little rough around the edges, but I expected Sam to sound older, maybe pausing more during the reading, too, reflecting on his memories as we “retired folks” are prone to do. BTW, the cover art, and photo of it that was chosen to accompany the reading, is wonderful. :)

    • Aaron Lazar Says:

      Hi, Carol!

      I’m so glad you liked the trailer! You know, it’s funny, but of course I recorded it, and I’m almost as old as Sam. I’m 57. I guess I just don’t have a typical voice for the age?

  3. joylene Says:

    I think I’ll have to pay someone to record my book. My voice doesn’t cut it. It’s bad enough that I have to read at readings. LOL. Ah, the poor life of a struggling writer.

    Thanks, Aaron and Pat. Great post.

  4. Aaron Lazar Says:

    Thanks, Joylene! You cracked me up about your reading – I’m sure it’s not as bad as you think!!! Enjoy the weekend!

  5. Sheila Deeth Says:

    I enjoyed the video. I keep thinking I should try recording something, but I hate the sound of my recorded voice. Must be something to do with the teachers in elementary school. When I wouldn’t learn to write they tried putting me on tape, and the pen was just so much less scary than the microphone…

  6. Aaron Lazar Says:

    Pat, thanks so much for hosting the tour today on your two blogs!


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