Wow, that was quick.
I posted samples of both novels, and in short order I was contacted by an actor named Brandon McKernan who said that he was intrigued by the idea of narrating James and Catskinner because of the challenge of reading a character with two very different voices.
He provided me with an audition for Cannibal Hearts (since that’s the one that he saw first) and I was very impressed. It was strange hearing my words in someone else’s voice, and I’ll admit that his take on Catskinner’s voice was much different than the way I heard it in my head. Once I got past the initial surprise, however, I realized that he was perfect. Even in the short sample that I had given him to read, he made Catskinner sound really freakin’ scary.
He’s got a very versatile voice, and gave the other characters voices that were distinct without being cartoon accents. He’s got an impressive resume of voice and live acting, and when he said that he’d be willing to do the audiobook versions of both books for royalties, I was ready to make a deal.
So, Catskinner’s Book is officially in production as an audiobook. These things take a lot of studio and production time, and–just like the rest of us–he has to make a living with other projects at the same time. So it may not be available for a couple of months.
Once Catskinner is produced, we’ll look into doing Cannibal Hearts.