Thursday, June 15, 2017

HENGE - Interview with Audiobook Narrator

Today I'm sharing an interview with HENGE (Le Fay series 1) audiobook narrator and actress Isla Lindsay! She's done a fantastic job performing as Morgan le Fay. I also got to meet her during my short visit to London and she pointed me to check out a place where the Diagon Alley scene was filmed in Harry Potter. It was an amazing place! 


1. Thanks for joining us on the blog, Isla! What inspired you to become an actress?

I always wanted to be an actress, from such a young age I can't remember actively making that choice.  It was a love of storytelling, a belief in the importance of empathy and a desire to explore human nature, which kept me interested though.  



2. What are some of the challenges of narrating an audiobook? Have you learned anything surprising or interesting in the process that makes it different from acting for theater and film?

Each of those genres are very different and require a largely different skill set.  Audio narration is probably the furthest from traditional acting, but rests heavily on vocal technique and character work, so is also a return to the roots of drama and oral storytelling traditions.  The challenges unique to audio work include working alone (actors are social and collaborative beings by choice!) as well as the editing process which is alien to actors and can feel laborious.  Motivation is key.


3. What was your favorite part about HENGE?

I loved the magical and mythical elements woven into contemporary life, as well as the interplay between Morgan and Merlin.



4. You did a great job narrating as Morgan. Are there any aspects of Morgan that you can relate to?

Certainly, I always relate to strong female leads: their courage, sense of adventure and feisty attitudes resonate.  It is so important for young women to be exposed to characters like this whose story is not contingent on the male "hero" following his path - but rather on forging their own!  More characters like Morgan please!


5. Thank you, Isla! Anything about yourself or what you're working on that you'd like to share with us?

I am a feminist who loves fantasy literature and as an actor I am drawn to feminist work.  It has been a pleasure to work on this piece for that reason.  Up next, I will be playing Princess Matilda of Scotland in new historical feature film The Red King, shooting in the fall.




How exciting! Best of luck with your work, Isla! I look forward to seeing you play Princess Matilda. 

Readers -- I hope you enjoyed the interview! The link to Isla's site is here, and the link to the HENGE audiobook is here if you want to hear her performance! 


--Realm

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HENGE - Audiobook Sample

I uploaded the HENGE sample onto Youtube for easy listening. Hope you enjoy Isla's narration as Morgan le Fay!


To listen to more, check Audible! (Also on iTunes and Amazon.)

I will have review codes available if you're interested in reviewing the audiobook. (Please commit to reviewing within two-three months.)

Next up, I'm posting an interview with the narrator Isla Lindsay. The interview will be up on Thursday!


--Realm

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

HENGE - Audiobook Now Available!

Hello everyone! Hurray! HENGE (Le Fay series 1) audiobook is finally out!

If you click on the sample, you can hear Isla's fantastic narration as Morgan le Fay! She makes a terrific Morgan and I hope you agree. When I heard her audition, I immediately liked the range of emotions she conveyed as Morgan. We've begun production on SWORD so stay tuned for that!

Here are links:
iTunes (Search under: Realm Lovejoy)



Enjoy!


--Realm

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HENGE - Audiobook Cover and Release Date

Hurray! After a lot of work HENGE is on its way to the world as an audiobook!

Huge thanks to London-based actress Isla Lindsay for bringing Morgan le Fay to life and narrating the book! She did an awesome job!


The audiobook is due by: 06/07/17





More soon!


--Realm

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

News Week - 5/9/17

Some news of what I've been up to! It's a lot, but I hope it gives you an idea of what's in store.

LE FAY NEWS:

-HENGE audiobook ETA May - Just about ready to approve the audio.

-GRAIL paperback ETA May or June - I've got a couple more illustrations left to do. I appreciate everyone's patience! 

-LE FAY Book 4 should be announced pretty soon - In the hands of my dev editor now.

-LE FAY TV Pilot script is in the works - Plan is to submit it over May-June.

-LE FAY graphic novel adaptation is in the works - Got a wonderful artist attached to create it!   

It's great that the LE FAY universe is expanding rapidly!

OTHER NEWS:

-I was selected by NWFF to direct a short film for the summer. It'll be a fun learning experience to do something live action. As some of you may know, my dream is to become a director for the stories I write. 

-Novel 6 is on its way to finding its people -- the team! Once the dev edit is done or a publisher is attached, I can announce more details. I hope this book comes out in the next year or so.  

-What I'm writing now: Screenplay adaptations are taking center stage. Novel 7 is on track for my polish plan. Novel 8 is in pre-production during my spare time. 

-What I'm drawing now: Finishing GRAIL art! As soon as that's done, I go to Book 4 art, and then I'll get to start my picture book. 

-Blog plans: Along with LE FAY promo posts of sharing art and photos, I hope to also do more informative posts about my creative process and such so that I can contribute to our creative community.  

It's been busy as I gain traction with everything I'm creating. As always, feel free to reach out and let me know about projects you want to see from me and also topics you'd like to see covered in my posts. 

Cheers,


--Realm

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video Game - TLD Trailer

It's been a while since I posted an update in the video game world! The trailer for the game I've been working on as Art Director just came out. Check it out below:



I hope you like it! I'm honored that I'm able to contribute to this beautiful game.


--Realm

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Camelot News - Morgan and Sir Lancelot?

Here's the headline going around this week for Camelot! As for news on my end, I'm preparing the HENGE audiobook for release, GRAIL paperback, and getting Le Fay 4 ready to edit. Plus... a couple Le Fay related projects are brewing. 

Circulating around Camelot is news of scandal!



Want details? Read GRAIL (Le Fay 3) to learn more.


--Realm

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Le Fay Series - Meet Elaine!

Today I am sharing a new Le Fay character portrait. One of the new characters introduced in GRAIL

Meet Elaine Pelles!



In the old Arthurian legends, there are a few versions of Elaine--two which are particularly well known: one that is associated with the Grail, and one that is the tragic figure that falls in love with Sir Lancelot. For my version of Elaine, I chose to combine both aspects in different ways to create her. In the Le Fay series, she is the Grail Guardian, wise, strong, radiant. In HENGE you may remember that Lancelot had a photo of a blonde woman in his wallet... Well now you know who it is! Though she doesn't appear as much as the other female characters in Le Fay, I still view her as one of the core characters.  

Here's a scene with Elaine:


 “Don’t harm her,” Merlin says, pulling his Maven badge out of his pocket. “We’ve the legal right to be here.”
“What is that?” the lady demands.
“It’s the Maven badge.”
“I mean, why do you have it? You don’t look like Mordred to me.”
“Mordred is no longer Maven. King Uther is dead.”
The gun barrel slowly moves away from my head.
“Let me see that,” the lady says.
She walks forward, away from me.
Her head is a shock of golden curls cascading down to just below the shoulder blades. She wears torn-up jeans and a sweat-stained tank top. Her demeanor is mature though she appears young—perhaps around five years older than me.
Merlin hands her his badge. As she inspects it, Merlin explains to her the events that led up to King Uther’s accidental death. The lady pales as he finishes the story.
“Is everyone else all right?” the lady asks.
“Yes,” Merlin assures. “I understand your shock. After all, you’ve been isolated from the world for years, isn’t that right, Elaine?”
So it is her. The statue of the fountain lady swims through my mind.
“You’re the Grail Guardian?” I ask her.
Elaine turns to face me and nods. I see then that there is a glow about her. Her eyes are otherworldly, deerlike and amber-colored.

___

I hope you enjoyed meeting Elaine!


--Realm

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Camelot News - Morgan's Freedom

Camelot News will be starting up again! This time featuring events from GRAIL. The newspaper series gives a taste of what kind of news are circulating in Camelot during the book's timeline. 

Here's the first one:





What will become of Morgan? What happens when Arthur is finally King? Find out by reading GRAIL!


--Realm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

News Week - 4/11/17

After a hectic March, I am now catching up with my posts. 

Good news: HENGE audio book is almost ready. I estimate it to be out in a month. 

GRAIL paperback: I hope to have this out in May once I've completed all the artwork for it. 

New review for GRAIL by Florentine:


"The suspense of the story had its classic and traditional build up, which true fans Ms. Lovejoy know very well of. I was hooked by page one (I literally read this book in 2 days, within 4 hours!!), dying to know what would happen to the characters next." 



New audiobook review for CLAN:

"Jeff Hays once again does a fantastic job with the narration. Nice voice easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Even though this is a society based on clones, each individual Clan has a distinct voice. You can always tell which character is speaking, through his tone, inflection, cadence or character voice. I don't think many narrators would have been able to pull this off. He was the perfect narrator for the story. The sound effects just added to the overall enjoyment of the story." 


--Lori

GRAIL art posts will continue this month!


--Realm