Audiobooks are the next level in reaching your readers. Paperback, hardback, and even digital formats are other common ways, but its a dream for any novelist to get their work into audio. Audible is the most common way, the biggest as well, and for me I wanted this like everyone else. For those that have followed along with me, you know I’ve had struggles in this department. I’ve had narrators quits and others not be able to continue with the projects. This made me want to give up, but the passion for my work continued and eventually I found a man named Sean Rhead.
I wanted to introduce you to him with an interview. Here is how that interview went.
Bachman: You’re a voice actor and narrator. How did you get into that line of work?
Rhead: I’ve always been more of an auditory and hands-on learner, so audiobooks are my preferred way of experiencing literature. I grew up listening to Jim Dale narrate the Harry Potter series, and I loved the way he voiced all of the characters and brought that world to life. I love the idea of giving that same experience to someone else who absorbs content the same way.
Bachman: What do you do when you’re not recording?
Rhead: I teach general music (preK-8) during the day. When I come home, I love to sing and play guitar, duet sea shanties on TikTok, and end the night watching a movie with my girlfriend.
Bachman: Have you ever thought about writing a book of your own? Why or Why not?
Rhead: Writing has never been at the forefront of my mind; I’ve always been a performer first. But I’ll never say never.
Bachman: What are your favorite genres to narrate?
Rhead: Fantasy. I love getting acquainted with an entire ensemble of characters, besides creative world-building.
Bachman: What was your favorite book to narrate so far?
Rhead: Far too many to name, but I will always be grateful to Sarah K. L. Wilson for giving me my start with “Dragon Chameleon.” Not only did I love getting to know her characters and her world, but I definitely grew over the course of that series (both on the creative AND technical side of audiobook production).
Bachman: We met through ACX, what made you want to narrate The Blasphemer Series?
Rhead: I LOVE a good redemption story, and Maxwell’s journey drew me in right from the start. I was compelled by where he began, and in the end, his resolution was as satisfying as I knew it would be.
Bachman: Has there ever been a scene or book you couldn’t finish? Why or why not?
Rhead: Not that I can think of. I do have a lot of books on my TBR list (that I’m NOT narrating) that I will finish eventually. Such titles include “The Lies of Locke Lamora,” “Mistborn,” “The Fires of Vengeance,” and “Six of Crows,” just to name a few.
Bachman: Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can share with readers?
Rhead: In addition to my continued work on “The Blasphemer Series,” I’m also currently working on a YA fantasy mystery novel entitled “The Other Side” by Justin Jay Gladstone. Anticipated release for that one is sometime mid to late spring.
Bachman: You must be very organized with the amount of work you do, how do you stay on track?
Rhead: I appreciate that you think I am organized. Hahaha! In all seriousness though, on my recording and editing days, I like to set specific goals in place (I would like to record this page to that page, or I would like to edit this much time of audio). I have gotten a better understanding of how much time it takes me to meet those goals, so I always like to make sure I have ample time to meet them.
Bachman: If you could have a dream book to narrate, what would it be?
Rhead: It would be a daunting task, but I would LOVE to narrate anything by Brandon Sanderson.
Bachman: Is there anything you’d like readers to know about you?
Rhead: I love Disney and musical theatre, and I am a proud ally of the POC/LGBTQ+ communities.