If Santa has given you a Kindle for Christmas (or any other device upon which you can download the Kindle app) and your library is looking rather bare, here’s a bargain book that would look just wonderful on your virtual shelves.
From 25th December – 1st January, in the United Kingdom and United States, the Kindle edition of my children’s crossover fantasy adventure, Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, will be on sale at the discounted price of £0.99 ($0.99). Please note that purchasers of the Kindle edition are also entitled to download its Audiobook version for a knockdown price.
Today, I’m delighted to welcome to my blog for an interview the super-talented Mil Nicholson, narrator of the audio version of my children’s crossover fantasy adventure Noah Padgett and the Dog-People. Mil has an amazing talent for switching voices and accents for the different characters with a natural ease that draws you deep into the story. On top of that, she has a real soft spot for dogs, as you can see in this picture of her in LA with her pound dog, Florrie, whom she loved dearly.
Mil, when did you decide to become a professional actor and where did you train?
At birth. Most babies cry something incomprehensible, I yelled “Oh! for a muse of fire”. My first acting role was as the Sad Fairy at age seven. I didn’t train, but at seventeen was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of dramatic Art in London. Sadly, I couldn’t participate due to family matters.
You have an impressive resume, with roles in over 70 theatre productions, plus parts in television and film. Which roles have you enjoyed playing the most in theatre, and which parts in television and film?
In theatre, playing Doris Wilgus opposite my dear husband, in The Owl and the Pussycat was a joy. Nurse Ratchet in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a delight, and Meg in the boisterous Irish musical TheHostage, which ran for eighteen weeks, was a blast. Over the years I was fortunate enough to play Lady Bracknell, Cecily and Gwendolyn in three very different versions of The Importance of Being Earnest. In September this year I travelled to Provincetown, MA, to reprise a role in Stage Moms performed seventeen years ago in Los Angeles. It was daunting, until I stepped onto stage, and I was home again.
For movies, roles in Spy Hard, The Handmaid’s Tale and a YouTube of A Couple of Horses Asses. The latter has sound problems, which maybe someday we’ll fix.
For TV, Home Front, Partners, Live Shot, all interesting experiences.
You were born and raised in the North of England, although you live in the mountains of Western North Carolina now. What age were you when you moved to the US, and why?
Wallsend, the small town at the end of the Roman Wall, was my birthplace, then at age seven moved to Harrow, Middlesex. I and my three lads aged four, three, and two, sailed to the shores of the USA, on the Queen Mary, her last official run from England to America. Their father was a ‘genius’ engineer, and a company in the USA was anxious for his services.
Your husband Gary Bullock is also an actor, as well as a writer. Have you ever starred in the same production?
Gary and I have acted on stage together in: Habeas Corpus, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Importance of Being Earnest, Jigsaw, Gallery, The Primary English Class, and in movies had small roles in the same movie, but not ‘starring’ parts. Gary has a resume of his acting work on act2sc3.com.
You are described on LibriVox as one of their “stars”, due to the excellent standard of your audio narrations and your dedication to the cause of making public domain classic novels available as audiobooks. I know that you’ve recorded eight books by Charles Dickens and three by Anthony Trollop, amongst others. Which book have you enjoyed reading the most and why have you taken on this momentous task as an unpaid volunteer?
As far as we are concerned, there are no ‘stars’ on Librivox; everyone is a volunteer on that site, and we are just happy to be a part. I love Charles Dickens’ writing; it’s just simply brilliant. Many people have been put off, mostly from school, at the dull way his work was presented to them. He’s absolutely hilarious, and in the dramatic areas tears will flow. I thought, that maybe I could bring a version to the public which would show how wonderful his novels are. I believe I’ve made a small impact with close to half a million downloads, and e-mail from all over the world from listeners who have been brought back to his writing. This is something money cannot buy. Whoa, here I am getting on my hobby horse again, I think you get the picture. Any of Charles Dickens would be my tops for favorites.
You’ve told me that Gary oversees the technical side of things with regard to your recordings. Briefly, can you summarise the process from beginning to end?
Gary is at the computer when I record. He listens for any errors or extraneous sounds. If found, we stop, and I re-record the area. After the recording session he edits the track. I then listen to the whole session, and if I find anything to change, he then re-edits. When the book is finished, he “masters” it. This comprises several different steps in order to have the recording as clear and noise free as possible. Gary has had praise for the sound quality from many quarters.
Do you, in turn, get involved at any stage in the creative process of Gary’s science fiction writing, or any other writing he does?
After he’s written for a while he’ll ask me to read it over, which is always my pleasure to do. He writes great dialogue in particular, and I get first look — Yay! We sometimes sit down together and try and come up with ideas, when writer’s block rises up. I recorded his first book, ’twas a grand time.
Why did you decide to audition and then sign up to narrate the audio version of my novel, Noah Padgett and the Dog-People? What was it about the story that particularly appealed to you? I know, for instance, that you’re a dog-lover.
Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, who wouldn’t want to check that title out? Well, I did, and the writing was so good and concept so intriguing I couldn’t resist auditioning. Yes, I do love dogs, and the characters in your book were such a pleasure to create voices for. I could see each breed in my mind, and almost see their mouths working. Plus Noah was such a super character, wise and childish at the same time. I could go on, but, I’ll just add, that it was my immense pleasure to record your book, and working with you has been a joy. Plus, I must mention that your husband’s cover design is very professional and simply gorgeous. If this audio book doesn’t do well, I’ll eat my…..I don’t wear hats…..but scarf maybe!!!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a fifth book in an Apocalypse series, and a Self Help book also part of a series.
What do you enjoy doing with your time, when you’re not acting or narrating audio books?
Playing with our dogs, playing solo video games……remember Pacman? Exercising, I’m a WII person, playing badminton and ping pong, watching movies, writing as much as I can remember of my wonderful Mum’s stories for my sons to read, flying model airplanes, cooking, learning Latin, planning to get to the ocean as often as possible.
Thank you, Mil for your wonderfully entertaining answers and for taking time out from your tight schedule in the run up to Christmas. Wishing you and Gary all the best over the festive season.
And for the sake of any Star Trek fans (including myself), I just must post this shot of Gary Bullock acting the part of a Klingon.
Noah Padgett and the Dog-People
Please note that non-subscribers to Audible CAN SIGN UP for a 30-DAY FREE TRIAL on AUDIBLE (co.uk) and (.com)
A Limited Number of FREE PROMO CODES are also available for people would like to listen to the Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.* Please leave a message on Sarah’s Contact Page, if you’re interested. [*This offer is only available in the UK, which is the author’s country of residence].
From today until this Friday, 25th November, those of you in the US and the UK can download for free the kindle version of my YA crossover science fiction/urban fantasy novel, Desiccation [Universal short link: http://myBook.to/QuirkyLit ]. Sorry to disappoint any bloggers who live outside of the US or UK, but the logistics of creating a worldwide free book promotion are rather complicated and can go totally wrong. It involves authors going to their accounts at KDP on Amazon and individually adjusting the prices down to zero in the different marketplaces. I’ve heard that if you time this wrongly, you can mess up the promotion.
I know that a few of my fellow bloggers have already purchased either the kindle or paperback version of Desiccation. Please, if you enjoyed reading it, could you tell your friends about the free promo, as personal recommendation is still the best way to help spread the word about books you’ve enjoyed and authors you like (hopefully!).
With regard to the audiobook version of my children’s crossover fantasy adventure, Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, I have a limited number of free promo codes that will enable a few lucky people to listen to actress, Mil Nicholson’s wonderful narration of my novel in exchange for writing an honest review. If you’re interested in doing this, please go to my blog’s contact page and leave me a message. I’m afraid these codes will not work in the US, so my apologies to anyone who lives over the Pond. Please note, that anyone who has already purchased the Kindle version of this book, or intends to do so in the future, is entitled to download the audiobook at a discount, so that they can read and listen to it at the same time.
Lastly, I have set up a new Facebook page called Sarah Potter’s Quirky Novels. I decided to use the word “quirky”, because of the number of times that reviewers have used this word about my two books. Please do pop over to Facebook and “like” my page (but only if you do like it, of course!).
Thirty days after the release of Noah Padgett and theDog-People, it is Kindle Countdown Deal time. This means that those daunted by my book’s normal price of £1.99 on Amazon (UK) or $2.99 Amazon (US), can now download my 56,000-word children’s crossover novel for £0.99/$0.99 from today until midnight on 14th October. Where else could you pay so little for about six hours of fun entertainment?
The story in brief…
It’s adventure time for twelve-year-old Noah Padgett and his chocolate Labrador puppy, Bluebell. With one click of a link they landed themselves in the Zyx-dimension, where the predominate species is Canis sapiens.These intelligent dog-people view Noah and his puppy as mutants and alien collectibles, forcibly separating them and putting both their lives in peril.
Will they survive, or won’t they?
Without a magic wand at his disposal, Noah must rely on his wits alone.
From today, for a fortnight, I’m running a Goodreads Giveaway, which means that one lucky person has the chance of winning a paperback copy of my newly published novel, Noah Padgett and the Dog-People.
The Giveaway ends at midnight on September 28, but don’t leave it to the last moment. Enter the draw now, before you forget.
This novel is aimed at anyone aged 10-18+, so you might like to win a copy either for yourself or for a child you know.
I hope that dog-lovers in particular will love this quirky and exciting adventure story, which I had such fun writing.