#AudioTour “The Final Constant” by Mitchell Dorian

Author: Mitchell Dorian

Narrator: Zachary Johnson

Length: 1 hour 4 minutes

Publisher: Audiobook Empire

Producer: Audiobook Empire

Released: August 10, 2021

Genre: Science Fiction; Anthology

You can prolong the inevitable. But can you avert it?

Mr. Markov is a man with a lust for immortality, and a wife of decades who has made her peace with death.

Dr. Grant Eddings is a man obsessed with regret, hell-bent on bending and breaking time to undo his greatest mistakes.

Rose is a clone soldier of the Legion, born from the cells of a famed warrior and conditioned to fight against an enemy of incomprehensible power and intelligence.

Author Mitchell Dorian presents three short stories of time travel, love, loss, and war. Set in the distant and the not-so-distant future, each tale sees its often dubious hero grapple with the passage of time, and with it, life.

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Mitchell Dorian would proudly describe himself as a non-conformist, hyper-aware of mainstream sensibilities and always sure to contradict them so that he may never be defined by what the herd thinks. He may also have a poor sense of irony.

He lives with his pet rock, Duane, and his Sim family. He finds it easier to be friends with entities whose names, faces, and personalities he can alter at will with a click of a button and/or whim of the mind, depending on his mood.

He has strongly considered setting up a pet Instagram for said rock, but Duane has not proven cooperative yet, often looking away at inopportune moments during the photographing process.

Mitchell’s first novel, THE FINAL CONSTANT, will be available on audiobook August 2021.

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Lover of mathematics, devourer of science fiction, and connoisseur of the dad joke. When he’s not doing math for business or fun, he’s devouring science fiction and fantasy, reading up on scientific advancements, going for a jog, or, on all too rare occasions, taking a refreshing swim at the beach. At your service, you shall have an able storyteller and gifted conveyor of information. Experienced in narrating fiction, from the romantic to the post-apocalyptic, and nonfiction, from the historical to the corporate, and armed with the tools to make it all sound great, Zachary promises that, no matter the job, you’ll be read-iculously pleased!

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Q&A with Author Mitchell Dorian
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I’d known him for some time. I knew he’d been wanting to narrate my stuff and I finally decided to make it happen.
  • 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?
    • Very. Though, oddly enough, I found I didn’t really need to provide that this time around.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Sometimes when I write something it comes from some bizarre, usually unsettling hypothetical I’ve been kicking around for a while. “Pulse” was like that. I was wondering what would happen if I ever got married and then regenerative medicine was invented and I wanted to live a few more centuries (which I most likely would) and my hypothetical wife didn’t. “The Passenger” was just the product of me being in a really bad mood one night. I think I was angry about some dumb mistake I made a decade ago, so I wrote about a guy that took such anger to an extreme.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • I think that hearing the sort of mounting, frantic madness I was going for in “The Passenger” put into audio really changed the experience of it. It’s certainly there in the text (I hope; I suppose I really mean “I tried to make sure it was there”) but having a narrator put a voice to it was a lot of fun!
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Against my better judgment, almost certainly. I would try not to touch anything, but I probably would…
    • As to where I would go? I would love to visit the future. I want to see what becomes of us, I think. If we get spaceships and robots and that sort of thing. I’d jump forward maybe two or three thousand years? Enough to be sure that, assuming we survive that long, we’d at least have a foothold on a planet or two. Hopefully more.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • It’s not.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I sleep a lot to celebrate things. I’m really fun at parties.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • For writing, baby steps. Revisit my old material. Edit a word here and there, re-immerse myself. Work my way up to adding a word. Then a few more. Then a few more. Just enough to allow me to discover the joy of working again. Once I get the habit train rolling, it gets easier.
    • As to reading? Same thing. Set it down for a while, discover other things. Then build the habit back up.
  • What’s your favorite:
    • Food: Ramen
    • Song: “Hocus Pocus” by Focus
    • Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    • Television show: Deep Space Nine
    • Movie: Galaxy Quest
    • Band: King GIzzard and the Lizard Wizard
    • Sports team: Whichever one the people I’m watching with want to win; I don’t follow sports too closely
    • City: Seattle
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Commit to something tiny at first if the task seems daunting. Even two minutes a day. One minute. Thirty seconds. Writing is a craft, and aptitude at a craft requires good habits. You’d be surprised how quickly those minutes add up. I found myself with over fifty pages doing tiny little fifteen minutes stretches once.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Embrace the mutative nature of collaboration. Nothing anyone writes ever comes out exactly the way they envision it when it’s entrusted to others. But if you find good people to work with, that can be more of a thrill than a bummer. If your narrator cares about your story, trust that they’ll do a good job realizing what that story means to them through their performance. And that can be really interesting to see how another artist interprets your work.
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’ve got three books in the works. Far-future science fiction, near-future science fiction, and a dark fantasy comedy. All of which will be coming to audio. I’m already going over narrators in my mind, actually. I’ve got a few I think would be really good.

 

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