Deviations Audio: Interview with Maxx Power

In case you don’t know by now, Deviations: Submission has recently been released in audio!

Chris Owen and I took our search for the right narrator for these books very seriously. It was important to us that we get the right voices not only for Dominant Tobias and his sub, Noah, but also for Phan, Bradford, and Nikki, too. We listened to twelve voice actor auditions and then asked two of those men to do another small audition for us. We were so excited to be able to bring Maxx onto the project. Not only is he talented, but he’s great to work with. Those of you who have listened to the book know what I mean. If you haven’t, go listen to the excerpt here.

So to introduce you to Maxx, I asked a bunch of superfans over at the fan-led Facebook Group, Tobias Vincent’s Deviants, to give me some questions for him. Below are those questions, put together in a little interview format.

Enjoy!

1. How many read-throughs do you do before you do your final edit? 

Maxx: It’s usually about a 3-1 ratio. So if the book is 1 hour long, it takes me about 3 hours to complete it to where it’s ready for publishing to Audible.

2. How long does it take to get each character right in your head for it? 

Maxx: That’s a tough one. Some are easy. Tobias, was right away. Ironically it’s the exact same voice I use for my guided meditation sessions clients. I’m not sure what that says about how people out there are relaxing! Some take a long time to get right.

3. How do you keep track of what voice you use for each character, such as ones that only show up for a few lines in each book?

Maxx: Once you get it, you keep a short clip of that voice recorded somewhere like a phone or tablet, then refer back to it as needed

4. Is it difficult to voice a female character without sounding like a caricature?

Maxx: Yes! I try to use more inflection, rather than changing the pitch of my voice entirely, because that usually ends up sounding fake

5. Have you ever done a story with so many characters that the voices got confusing?

Maxx: Yes! I did a space drama where there were about 25 characters, none of them Human. It became a real chore to refer back to each one. That’s where my technique about keeping short audio clips of each was priceless

6. Has poor editing on the manuscript led to odd errors when you’re narrating?

Maxx: Yes! As someone with a degree in Journalism it always trips me up because I notice each and every error. Sometimes you just have to turn that part of your brain off and read it as written.

7. What’s the oddest named character you’ve had to try to pronounce?

Maxx: Ornagi. One of the aliens from the book I mentioned above. I wasn’t sure which letters were soft or silent. In the end I just made a choice and the author liked it

8. Have you ever had to narrate a story that you just didn’t enjoy? Did that make it harder to complete the project?

Maxx: Yes I have read stories I didn’t enjoy. It wasn’t any harder thought. As a professional I approach each book the same way, regardless of the subject matter or my personal tastes.

9. Have you ever loved a story so much that the narration was truly enjoyable and you didn’t want the story to end?

Maxx: All the time. Just like when you are reading for pleasure, you get attached to the characters. Sometimes, I find myself “thinking” in the character’s voice. It’s a very weird sensation, I can only equate to maybe mastering a foreign language? So, if you get fluent enough in Spanish for instance, eventually you’ll start reading silently with your own voice in your head in Spanish. Same thing happens to me with character voices!

10. When you’re working on a long project do you find yourself thinking in the voices of the characters?

Maxx: Oh, I see I just answered this LOL. Yes!

You can find Maxx on Facebook and Twitter.

New, and available for Preorder!

I’ve polished up and republished a hot little short story called “Handyman” in the first ever Sexy to Go Gay Romance box set! This set is a collection of nine stories ranging from contemporary to fantasy to mythical in nature, but all featuring sexy men.


About Handyman:
Danny is haunted by memories of his ex, Peter, who moved out six months ago. He recognizes just how badly off he is when he wakes up to a flood in his condo, a problem Peter would have easily handled. But Danny can’t find the insurance paperwork, he doesn’t know who he should call first, and he’s about ready to strangle his stoner upstairs neighbors. His day starts looking up, though, when a parade of workmen arrive to deal with the water, replace his breaker box, and demolish his soaked ceiling. They prove unavailable, though, until Ken, a handsome, friendly handyman, shows up to handle Danny’s drywall. But can Danny handle Ken?

 

Sexy To Go Gay Romance will be available for download on April 1.
You can preorder it now! Find your format HERE:

Deviations — In the Works!

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MANY OF YOU KNOW that Chris Owen and I recently requested the return of our rights from Torquere Press for non-payment and breach of contract.  I am happy to report that, as of this writing, Chris and I are now working on republishing the Deviations Series.  I’ve  started the conversation on Twitter –  please drop by and join in!

As I reread the books, as I’m being pulled back into Tobias & Noah’s universe, I’m reminded of the love and respect that I have for these characters.  Oh, yes, they’re hot.  But they’re truthful, they’re caring, and they’re sincere in their needs.  Tobias knows the weight of his responsibilities as Dom – he knows what he holds in hands (literally and figuratively).  Noah is well aware of the power inherent in his submission.  Chris and I set out to create characters that wanted more than kink – characters that wanted (needed?) to live the lifestyle 24/7.  Not one-night games, not weekend “second lives”, not a fantasy.  Real life — real limitations, real struggles, real issues.  Perfect and imperfect.  Constantly learning, evolving, never fully satisfied.

And I love that the people they have around them — Bradford and Phan for example — are more than just secondary characters – they have full lives of their own.

I can’t wait to see these books available again, to have these conversations and hear your thoughts.  More information as soon as we have it!