Author: J. Edwards Holt
Narrator: Simon Maeder
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes
Series: Little Men, Big Treasures, Book 1
Publisher: J. Edwards Holt
Released: July 16, 2020
O’balin, son of Blorn, is an eager young dwarf and a native to the mysterious Mountain Realm. Having been a treasure hunter for most of his life, O’balin is overjoyed when he hears that the king of the Mountain Realm is offering a vast reward to the one who finds The Lost Treasure of Undur, a long-lost treasure that has been missing for generations.
Despite warnings from his neurotic brother and others around his home, O’balin is unable to pass up such a grand opportunity and thus gathers a handful of his family and friends to accompany him on the journey of a lifetime. Along the way O’balin and his comrades experience grand adventures, incredible battles, fun and laughs, sacrifice, and even loss in the first to come in a series of epic tales by Author J. Edwards Holt.
Born in North Carolina, United States, J. Edwards Holt always knew that he wanted to be a writer. After graduating high school, he attended college and pursued a degree in education, but later decided to change course and follow his dream to become a novelist and children’s author.
Now a full-time writer, editor, and blogger, Holt spends his free time dreaming up stories and reading. He is passionate about spreading Christian messages through his writing, watching science fiction and super hero movies, and collecting comic books.
Simon Maeder is a UK based voice actor with a professional grade home recording set up. He also has links to London studios if you prefer. He produces his own young adult fantasy podcast called ‘Benlunar’ which he writes and records on his home set up. He has a warm and enthusiastic voice and enjoys bringing life to characters with a variety of tones and accents.
Q&A with Author J. Edwards Holt
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
- It was an interesting process, for sure. “Little Men, Big Treasures” was the first book I ever published but it actually ended up being the third to make it to audio. When I first found out about Audible, I had no idea it was even possible to get my books on there. I did a lot of research and spoke to some fellow authors and they told me how to get my books on audio. And I’m glad I did! I’m proud for everyone to hear these books and there’s really nothing like hearing your own story read by a professional narrator!
- Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
- I think it all depends on what you like listening to. If you like mystery, then you’ll enjoy a mystery audiobook. Or if you like documentaries, you’ll enjoy that kind. It all depends on the reader and of course, the narrator.
- How did you select your narrator?
- For each of these books, I had a number of narrators audition. There was something about the narrators I chose that really stood out. All three did a great job of reading and bringing the characters to life.
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- I definitely gave them some help with pronunciations. Most of the names I just told them to pronounce how ever they like (since that’s what the readers do) but some I have them ideas for, and they were very cooperative.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- Certainly. I listened to my first audiobook back when they started becoming available on iTunes. My favorite thing about them is that you can just sit back and let your imagination take the wheel.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- I don’t completely agree with that. I mean there’s no denying how good reading is for you, but sometimes we’re in situations where we can’t read a book or we just want to listen. So, I believe that the audiobook is a great addition to the reading experience, rather than a total replacement.
- How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
- I really didn’t! I actually dived right into the second one and was busy with promotion so I didn’t have much time to celebrate.
- In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
- So far I have written one trilogy and am working on book two of another. I enjoy writing a series but after this next trilogy I plan on mostly doing stand-alone books for a while.
- Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
- Yeah they have, actually. In fact, some of the ideas for these very stories came to me in dreams.
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- Go ahead and write the book! Don’t wait around, just do it. Even if you don’t think you’re ready, go ahead and start.
- What’s next for you?
- I’m currently working on my second trilogy. It’s called “Barrenworld” and its a sequel to the “Little Men” series.
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