Voice Talent Jay W. Eccent Brings Characters from “The Wizard’s Gambit” to Life During Open Mic Night

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Every author secretly dreams of the day when their book becomes, not only a bestseller, but a movie as well. Some of those authors are only interested in the money, but most of us just want to see our story come to life in a whole new media. My book has not yet been adapted to the big screen but on Friday, I did have the pleasure of hearing my story read aloud for a live audience . . . well part of the story anyway.

For First Friday’s, Beyond Barcodes Bookstore hosted an Open Mic Night, inviting local artists, musicians, and poets to showcase their talents. The store owner suggested I might be interested in reading a segment from my newest novel. So I did her one better. I invited local voice talent Jay W. Eccent to read a segment from The Wizard’s Gambit, knowing he would bring life to the narrative and characters as he did with the first chapter of my debut novel.

I was not disappointed. Not only did the audience have a laugh or two at some of my puns, but they were impressed by Jay’s vocal talents as well, especially his impression of Wizard White Beard. His representation of Margo wasn’t half-bad either. She didn’t sound as I imagine her, but it was interesting to hear his impression of her.

To be honest, I’ve always wondered what my characters sound like in other peoples’ heads. I’ve had several people attempt to describe to me what they see or hear when they read my stories, but it’s not the same as actually hearing it. So imagine my enjoyment when Jay’s vision of Wizard White Beard matched my own.

Unfortunately, the recording I captured on my phone was really low quality so I don’t really want to share that on my blog, but if you’re interested in hearing Jay’s higher quality recordings, follow the link here to listen to his reading of The Quest for the Holy Something or other. I know you’ll enjoy it!

Have a great week, everyone!

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11 thoughts on “Voice Talent Jay W. Eccent Brings Characters from “The Wizard’s Gambit” to Life During Open Mic Night

  1. I don’t want Peter Jackson ruining any of my stories, thank-you! But if Gillian Anderson wants to do the audiobook, I’m cool with that.

    • I love Gillian Anderson’s voice. Of course Morgan Freeman can read anything I write, including my grocery list. LOL.

      Personally, I wouldn’t mind PJ directing the film adaptation of my book, though I think my style of writing lends more to DreamWorks or Disney 3-D animation. LOL

  2. That sounds awesome. I’ve wondered the same thing in regards to look and sound of my characters. My favorite question early on was seeing which character a reader enjoyed and it would turn into a conversation about tone. So, what do you think about books being adapted into TV shows? Seems a different creature than movies and more risk of alterations.

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