A couple of people have floated the idea that I should podcast one of my novels. Read it aloud, post a chapter a week, and see what happens.
Now, for starters, that scares the living daylights out of me. I don’t exactly have the best reading voice.
(My Patient Husband has an amazing voice. He used to be a lector at our church, and he always Proclaimed The World Of God with that “Wow, this is the way it should sound” kind of voice. Not booming or James Earl Jonesish, but rather, with heart and depth. People stop him after church to say they’ve heard him singing and invite him into the choir. You will note that I have never been invited either to lector or to sing.)
As I mentioned a few days ago, I do like reading my work aloud. This chain of thought started because I want to record my own book for my own listening. PM Griffin of Star Commandos fame does that with her books, and sometimes she’ll just pop in a tape (because she started this back in pre-computer days) and listen to one of her books while cleaning house.
The thing is, I don’t think I’d get an audience. I might try with Honest And For True, which you’ve heard about on this blog and which got shopped around by my ex-agent. I could still take that novel into the secular realm. I’m not sure. (I herad from one agent who asked for sweeping changes but might consider it again after I rearrange the plot.)
There’s another which is a coming-of-age story, again Christian fantasy but with more of a speculative element. A boy’s uncle is killed while practicing black magic, leaving his cousin mute. While he’s trying to figure all this out, he encounters a pair of creatures who are pulling out one of the threads God uses to hold the world together. There are demons, middle-schoolers, jinn, angels, and video games. The whole book is a fun ride and it’s enough of a page-turner that people might tune in for a serial.
I’m just…ugh. I don’t know. I’d have to speak. You know. Like to people.
If you haven’t realized after reading my weblog for so long, I’m a terrible chicken.
So I’ll toss the idea out to you guys: if I were to engage in this kind of project, would you give it a listen? Or would you not? It’s fine to say no; I’d rather hear “no” now than after I put any effort into it.