Audio Spotlight: Into Neon + Author Interview

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Title: Into Neon

Author: Matthew A. Goodwin

Narrator: Zachary Johnson

Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Series: A Cyberpunk Saga, Book 1

Publisher: Matthew A. Goodwin

Producer: Audiobook Empire

Released: Jun. 15, 2021

Genre: Science Fiction; Cyberpunk

 

“Star Wars Meets Blade Runner In An Awesome Adventure!” -Amazon Review (5 Stars)

Moss’ life is going nowhere until a mysterious woman knocks on his door and leaves him with the key to take down one of the world’s largest corporations. When he discovers a familial connection to the stranger, Moss leaves the comfort of his home with his best friend for the sprawling megacity.

There, he joins a group of ruffians dedicated to freeing people from the yoke of the evil companies. Police-for-hire, motorcycle gangs and betrayal threaten them at every turn.

Can Moss help this small group of rebels fight the power before it’s too late? Find out in Into Neon: A Cyberpunk Saga.

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Q&A with Author Matthew A. Goodwin
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • Audiobook Empire made the process so easy for me. The idea of setting up an audiobook was something I had wanted to do since publication, but actually putting it all together seemed daunting. Given how streamlined they made this for me, I am planning to release my entire series in audio format.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • No, I think there is a place for all types of literature in audio format. I am as likely to listen to a six-hour murder mystery as I am a thirty-four-hour biography.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not consciously. I did not even know if people would pick up my book when I first wrote Into Neon. I was mostly just writing a book that I wanted to read, and I have been thrilled with the positive response. An audiobook seemed almost like an impossible dream when I was first writing and so it is a dream come true that it is coming out now.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • This was a no brainer. Zach brought the perfect energy to the project, crafted the voices of the characters exactly right and, as an added bonus, is a huge fan of cyberpunk. Since I write in a somewhat niche genre, having a narrator who loves it is something I really appreciate.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • We worked quite closely, and Zach worked hard to find the right voice for all the various characters in the book. There were only a few names of things that I had to make sure were right, but it turned out that he was already saying the words the way I wanted.
  • Were there any real-life inspirations behind your writing?
    • The real world is the foundation on which all good cyberpunk is created. If you are going to envision a realistic near-future, you must understand the present as well. Looking at trends in technology and society certainly help to craft a science fiction setting that fells real.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • Reading is the thing that seems to help break the log jams in my mind or get me excited again. Reading outside of my genre helps too. Sometimes I just need a break from the thing that I am thinking about all the time and escaping into the world of another author seems to do the trick.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Absolutely! Audiobooks were what taught me to love science fiction and fantasy when I was young. The Hobbit audiobook and the radio dramatization of The Empire Strikes Back were in my Walkman all the time! As I grew up, my passion for audiobooks never left. I still listen whenever I can and will never stop.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • I am not sure that I would use the power since it pretty much ALWAYS goes wrong, but if I could go back and walk the streets of Ancient Rome, I would want to do it. I love history but that society, more than just about any other, fascinates me.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I have several more books to come in the Cyberpunk Saga series as well as audiobooks coming for the rest of them as well. Follow ThutoWorld on your favorite social media to keep up with all my news.

 

Matthew A. Goodwin has been writing about spaceships, dragons and adventures since he was twelve years old. His passion for fantasy began when he discovered a box set of the Hobbit radio drama on cassette tape in his school’s library at the age of seven. He fell in love with fantasy worlds and soon discovered D&D and Warhammer miniatures.

Not wanting to be limited by worlds designed by others, he created Thutopia (now called the Thuton Empire), a fantasy world of his own which he still writes about to this day.

Like many kids with an affinity for fantasy, a love of science fiction soon followed. He loved sweeping space operas and gritty cyberpunk stories which asked questions about man’s relationship to technology. That led him to write his first published work, Into Neon: A Cyberpunk Saga, which takes place in a larger science fiction universe.

He has a passion for travel and wildlife and when he is not off trying to see the world, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

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Lover of mathematics, devourer of science fiction, and connoisseur of the dad joke. When he’s not doing math for business or fun, he’s devouring science fiction and fantasy, reading up on scientific advancements, going for a jog, or, on all too rare occasions, taking a refreshing swim at the beach. At your service, you shall have an able storyteller and gifted conveyor of information. Experienced in narrating fiction, from the romantic to the post-apocalyptic, and nonfiction, from the historical to the corporate, and armed with the tools to make it all sound great, Zachary promises that, no matter the job, you’ll be read-iculously pleased!

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Audio Spotlight: Golden Darkness Descends + Author Interview

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Title: Golden Darkness Descends

Author: JMD Reid

Narrator: Zachary Johnson

Length: 22 hours 53 minutes

Series: The Storm Below, Book 4

Publisher: Dreaming Between Worlds Publishing LLC

Producer: Audiobook Empire

Released: May 25, 2021

Genre: Epic Fantasy

None return from beneath the Storm!

Ary and Chaylene have fallen beneath the Storm. Plunged into a world of eternal darkness and rain, they have to survive. Hunted by the Stormridres, what hope does Ary have to end the Storm now?

To lead him to the light, Chaylene must pay the ultimate price!

Above the Storm, the Golden Daughter hatches. The embodiment of the Dark Goddess shines with bright light. Deceiving all, even the grieving Zori, the Golden Daughter spreads her message of faith and zeal.

All shall burn in her cleansing fires!

With the fall of Ary and Chaylene, Estan and Esty are lost. How can they stand against the golden darkness descending upon the skies?

Will Estan have the courage to stand against the Dark Goddess?

When evil comes wrapped in good, what chance does the world have?

You have to listen to this epic and powerful fantasy novel to find out!


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Q&A with Author J.M.D. Reid
  1. Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    1. I had been thinking about it for a while, wanting to do it, but it’s a daunting process with an epic fantasy series with books as long as this. It was always on the back burner then one day Zack contacted me. He had found my book on Amazon and was very interested in narrating it.
  2. I listened to his samples and found he had a great voice for narrating epic fantasy.
    1. We did some back and forth, and the first hurdle I had to cross: how were my strange fantasy names pronounced. There are some nonhuman ones that I don’t know how Zack managed to say, but he did.
    2. After putting together the pronunciation guide, the final stage was listening to him voice my characters and making sure we were on the same page. Then it was off to the races.
  3. Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    1. I think writing that’s very descriptive and has lots of dialogue is probably best for audiobooks.
  4. Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    1. It was not even in the back of my mind. I loved audiobooks, but the idea that a self-published author could do it was never anything I imagined was an option.
  5. How did you select your narrator?
    1. He found me and after hearing his voice, I was thrilled to work with him.
  6. How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    1. I gave him a pronunciation guide since there are some interesting names. And a brief character trait. He found my description of one character “is a tool” to be helpful.
  7. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    1. Yeah. I was really inspired by the Age of Discovery sailing ships but threw them up in the air. Especially the British Royal Navy. You see that in the red coats of the marines and the dark-blue coats of the officers.
  8. How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    1. I work on multiple projects at once so I never feel like I work on one project too much in a day. I feel that keeps me fresh. As for enthusiasm, I love writing. It’s so much fun. The editing and marketing sucks, but the writing is a joy.
  9. Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    1. I am. It started back fifteen or more years. I delivered pizzas in my twenties. And audiobooks let me listen to a story while delivering pizzas. I used to by the CD packs and just picked up new ones from half-price books whenever I could. It’s nice to listen to a story while working on other things.
  10. How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    1. I tend to just feel a rush of a high finishing a novel and just sort of walk around. Not much celebrating but feeling the emotional rush of this.
  11. In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    1. A stand-alone novel is something I’m not sure I can write. I want to keep telling stories about my character. To tell big stories that one novel can’t contain. A stand-alone novel can be very focused on one idea while a series can let you really explore a world. I write fantasy, and while there are some good stand-alone novels, I think the medium lends itself to series to explore a created world.
  12. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    1. Read every day. Write every day. You have to develop your craft.
  13. What’s next for you?
    1. Shadow of the Dragon is an epic fantasy series I’m working on. It’s about a young girl who gets the soul of an extinct dragon put in her, a young man trying to be a hero and protect her, and a dark conspiracy that hunts her across the world.

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J.M.D. Reid has been a long-time fan of Fantasy ever since he read The Hobbit way back in the fourth grade. His head has always been filled with fantastical tales, and he is eager to share the worlds dwelling in his dreams with you.

Reid is long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest in and around the City of Tacoma. The rainy, gloomy atmosphere of Western Washington, combined with the natural beauty of the evergreen forests and the looming Mount Rainier, provides the perfect climate to brew creative worlds and exciting stories!

When he’s not writing, Reid enjoys playing video games, playing D&D and listening to amazing music.

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Lover of mathematics, devourer of science fiction, and connoisseur of the dad joke. When he’s not doing math for business or fun, he’s devouring science fiction and fantasy, reading up on scientific advancements, going for a jog, or, on all too rare occasions, taking a refreshing swim at the beach. At your service, you shall have an able storyteller and gifted conveyor of information. Experienced in narrating fiction, from the romantic to the post-apocalyptic, and nonfiction, from the historical to the corporate, and armed with the tools to make it all sound great, Zachary promises that, no matter the job, you’ll be read-iculously pleased!

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At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride.

Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto.

Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire.

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