Ever since I began looking into having an audiobook produced on ACX.com, I have been thinking about the voices of my characters. It’s funny, but I never really had considered that question before. I have a pretty good idea of what they look like, (Agony, for example, looks like Shirley Manson in the “Tell Me Where It Hurts” video) but I never really wondered what they sound like.
I tend to read my work aloud as I compose, so I hear the dialogue in my own voice. Looking at the idea of having someone else read my words, however, makes me wonder how I would describe my character’s voices to a voice actor.
So far all I’ve come up with is that Cobb Russwin sounds like Jim Brass from CSI.
This is tough.
How about you? When you write do you hear your characters in a specific voice?