Author: E.G. Stone
Narrator: Anne Marie Lewis
Length: 11 hours 19 minutes
Series: The Wing Cycle, Book 1
Released: Aug. 24, 2021
Producer: Audiobook Empire
Publisher: Tarney Brae Creative Endeavours
For generations, sylphs have lived isolated on the island of Shinalea, forgotten by the world. But they, too, have forgotten their past. Until it rears its head and changes the very foundations of their world….
Ravenna has grown up isolated and ostracised amongst the sylphs for her small wing size and her unusual colouring. She lives with the Intellecti, a collection of sylphs dedicated to learning, to facts, to history, to thought. But she feels most free when she runs through the trees of her beloved home. Until, that is, she comes across beings that should have been myth. Humans.
Captured, Ravenna is taken from her home and into the vastness of the desert mainland. She is sold into slavery and thrown into a world that proves everything she knew about the humans right: They are nothing more than the cruel, bloodthirsty beings that filled sylph myths with horror. Until, that is, Ravenna makes a single mistake. She falls.
Suddenly, the world is not quite what she knew. Ravenna is thrust into this world of humans and their schemings for power, their political machinations, their hopes, their dreams.
Ravenna must decide whether humans are the nightmares of her people’s legends or just beings like her, finding their place in an unexpected world. And she must decide whether to save her world, or to destroy it.
The One Who Could Not Fly is an exciting fantasy adventure that asks questions of family, of independence, and of what it really means to fly.
E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, creating and causing vast amounts of trouble since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot in both the trouble-causing and writing and now spends her time writing fantasy and science fiction. When not writing, she is off musing about the workings of languages, both real and created, or drawing and sewing. E.G. reads voraciously, perhaps to the point of slight-insanity. Weird, nerdy, perhaps a little crazy, she is having a grand old time writing, reading, reviewing, interviewing, and, naturally, continuing her endeavours in causing trouble.
Happy reading… and writing.
Pittsburgh native Anne Marie Lewis has enjoyed a richly varied and long career in the performing arts. She has performed across the globe from Carnegie Hall to Boise to Little Rock to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as well as in Canada, England and Scotland. With the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s final novel, she performs Persuasion: A Musical Adaptation at Jane Austen festivals on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and in Bath, England in 2018. Chicago area credits: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Emma), Music Theater Works (Peter Pan, My Fair Lady, One Night in Venice, The Red Mill) Remy Bumppo Theatre Company (Northanger Abbey, The Skin of Our Teeth), Northbrook Theatre (Fancy Nancy, Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play), Oil Lamp Theater (Love, Loss, and What I Wore), Refuge Theatre Project (bare), Lifeline Theatre (Midnight Cowboy), Chamber Opera Chicago (Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, The Sound of Music, Hansel and Gretel), Spartan Theatre (Jake’s Women), Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (Moon over Buffalo), Metropolis Performing Arts Center (The Diary of Anne Frank), Fury Theatre (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Provision Theater (Christmas on the Air), 16th Street Theatre (Graveyard of Empires), Chicago Opera Theatre (Shining Brow, Don Giovanni), and Idle Muse Theatre Company (The Scullery Maid). Regional credits include Lyric Opera Cleveland (Little Women), Pine Mountain Music Festival (Le nozze di Figaro), Muddy River Opera (Die Fledermaus), Quad Cities Opera (La bohème), as well as numerous appearances with regional symphony orchestras. International credits: Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Buxton Fringe Festival, Camden Fringe Festival and Jane Austen 200 in Winchester, UK. She is also a sought-after audiobook narrator, a genre she loves dearly as she gets to be producer, director, technical crew and all the characters! Anne Marie is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University and an even prouder mother to her four young men.
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Q&A with Author E.G. Stone
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
- I initially put out a question on how to find narrators in the 20Booksto50K Facebook group, and ended up getting introduced to Anne Marie Lewis through there. I also went through the audition process through Audible for book 1 of The Wing Cycle, but Anne Marie was still the best I had found. Once that was decided, I hired her, gave her a pronunciation guide, and then let her do all the hard work! She’s truly wonderful to work with and has made this process so much easier. Also, a fantastic narrator!
- Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
- I think any book can be turned into an audiobook, simply because there’s no reason why words cannot be spoken rather than written. Personally, I get second-hand character embarrassment, so I can’t listen to things like romance novels or stories where the characters end up in situations that are thoroughly unfortunate, because I get a little too invested in the situation. That’s just me, though, and I know that many people love such things!
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- Oh, golly, no. I have enough character voices running through my head that even thinking of translating them into audiobook wasn’t something I considered until after the fact. I’m pleased that I went with the audiobook creation, because it adds such dimension and depth to the book, but thinking about it from the beginning? I’m not quite that clever!
- How did you select your narrator?
- Magic. Sheer luck. Mostly, I asked other people and got introduced that way. 🙂
- Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- I let Anne Marie do all the hard work once we had sorted out pronunciations. I was happy to listen to the 15 min check point that she sent in and give her the go ahead for character voices and style, but otherwise, I just waited until she sent the final product and gave it a check over. I try to let the people who know what they’re doing do what they’re doing, because frankly, I’m not an audiobook narrator and have no idea of all the technical bits and bobs. Mostly, though, Anne Marie is just that good.
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- This is one of those questions that can be anything from, “Yes, absolutely,” to, “I have no idea, my brain is weird.” I tend to fall in the latter part of that spectrum. I assume that my subconscious pulls inspiration from things that I see or read or hear and then tosses it all together into a story that appears fully-fledged (or even half-fledged) in my brain sometime during my sleep or while I’m brushing my teeth. I wouldn’t know, however, since my subconscious doesn’t actually tell me these things.
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
- My enthusiasm for writing has never diminished since I started doing it as a child. Maintaining the momentum to actually keep writing is an entirely different matter. I write during the work week, sometimes working on only one story or two, depending on what my mood is like. Then, on the weekends, I do entirely different things like sewing or reading or melting my brain by way of television so that I get a mental reset and can start the week afresh. Of course, this only lasts so long under the stress that is being an adult in the world, so every six months or so, I take a bit of a vacation to do absolutely nothing at all. Once I’ve done that, I’m usually so eager to get back to writing that any thoughts of burnout are long behind me.
- Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
- I do listen to audiobooks! I’m not very fast, since there are many hours of audio to get through, and I only tend to do it while sewing or crafting, things that require my hands but not my entire concentration. I am a speed reader, so the deliberate pace of an audiobook is refreshing. It’s also nice to have someone tell me a story rather than relying on the voices in my head to give a story life.
- Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
- This story, or rather the entire Wing Cycle, is one that is decided between characters. Yes, there’s action. But most of the intrigue and the development happens when the characters get stuck in the same room and are forced to work out their differences. In this regard, it’s almost magical to hear them come to life under Anne Marie Lewis’ narration, because they have such tone and depth and emotion.
- Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
- Trust the professionals. They’re good at their jobs.
- What’s next for you?
- Many, many more stories to write! And, eventually, turn into audiobooks!
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