#AudioTour “Deep Roots (The Deep Series Bk 3)” by Nick Sullivan

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Author: Nick Sullivan

Narrator: Nick Sullivan

Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

Publisher: Wild Yonder Press⎮2018

Genre: Action-Adventure

Series: The Deep, Book 3

Release date: May 12, 2020

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Synopsis: In the mangroves of Belize, something ancient lies hidden beneath the roots. And when it surfaces, so too will one of man’s baser inclinations. The root of all evil: greed.

Boone Fischer and Emily Durand have enjoyed months of quiet on the tiny island of Caye Caulker. After surviving Hurricane Irma and a mountaintop madman, the two divemasters have finally begun to relax. Big mistake.

Following on the fins of the best-selling thrillers Deep Shadow and Deep Cut, this third Caribbean action-adventure thriller in The Deep Series takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of Belize. From the offshore cayes to distant lagoons, from tropical rivers to jungle ruins lost in time, Boone and Emily race to untangle themselves from a deadly plot that threatens to shatter their lives.

 

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Nick SullivanBorn in East Tennessee, NICK SULLIVAN has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. Nick has been an avid scuba diver for many years and his travels to numerous Caribbean islands have inspired this series. His first novel, “Zombie Bigfoot”, hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.

NICK SULLIVAN has been narrating audiobooks for over twenty years, recording over four hundred titles and receiving numerous AudioFile Earphones and Audie nominations and awards. He has worked extensively on Broadway and at many U.S. theaters. His TV credits include The Good Wife, The Affair, Divorce, Younger, Bull, Madam Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, and all three Law and Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother and Private Life. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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Q & A with Author/Narrator Nick Sullivan

How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?

It was a random stroke of luck. I was doing a film shoot and the woman playing my wife had been narrating for Talking Books in New York City. And just a few days before, I happened to have taken an ad from a bulletin board: the Jewish Braille Institute was looking for actors to narrate books for the blind for free. I called them… set up a time… then called Talking Books and let them know I had experience recording books (or would, by the time I showed up!)

A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?

I used to think so… but there are some truly excellent narrators who don’t have an acting background, so I stand corrected. In general, I DO think a person who has made their living as an actor is going to be better suited to delivering dialogue… but that doesn’t mean they will always be a better storyteller!

What type of training have you undergone?

I studied theater in undergrad and grad school and went to London to train at the British American Dramatic Academy. I had the good fortune to work with a number of teachers who specialized in dialects.

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of narrating an audiobook?

Favorite: high octane dialogue scenes where I can have a ball with the pacing and emotional content. Least favorite: Saying the word “sixths”.

What would you say are your strongest narration abilities?

I pride myself on dialogue and character distinction. I’m good with a number of accents and have a decent ear for picking up new ones. Not like P.J. Ochlan, though… his dialect work is off the charts!

Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?

I’m actually quite comfortable in all genres… and I’ve recorded titles across the board. I have turned jobs down where I disagreed in the choice to use a male narrator, when a book seemed better suited to a female voice. And I turned down a few books that were first-person narrative from Chicagoans and Bostonians… wasn’t comfortable laying on an accent that isn’t in my comfort zone for an entire book.

How does audiobook narration differ from other types of voiceover work you’ve done? Long form narration requires an entirely different skill-set.

The peaks and valleys in pacing and intensity are something you spread out over minutes or hours, instead of the short bursts you’ll find in commercials, animation, or video games.

Do you read reviews for your audiobooks? If so, which ones stand out to you most, positive or negative? What type of the review comments do you find most constructive?

Amusingly enough, I read a self-help book on mindfulness and meditation. It quoted a study that a negative event will carry about four times the weight as an equivalent positive event. Makes sense, in my experience. Yes, I read reviews. A lot of negative reviews are “trolly”, and most narrators know to dismiss those, but some will have some little nugget that you read and go “Oh… um… yeah. I see that.” For instance, I based my Emily character on an actual Brit I met and decided to pump her up to a full South London accent. Well, after reading some reviews from some Brits, I decided to pull her back a bit in Deep Cut. She’s still a bit more “street” than your usual Thames dialect, but I figured I might’ve picked an overly strong dialect for her.

Who is your “dream author” that you would like to record for?

I was fortunate enough to narrate an early version of Sick Puppy for Carl Hiaasen. I still consider it to be one of my favorite experiences of all time. I’d love to do another. His characters are so wonderfully “out there”, that there’s literally a feast of possibilities laid out before the narrator.

What bits of advice would you give to aspiring audiobook narrators?

Okay, here’s a freebie trick. Are you good at impressions? Yes? Well, then sorry, can’t help you. But if you’re like most folks, and you’ve got maybe one or two in you, but most of your impressions are terrible… great!! Because, if you want to craft a unique voice for a character… do an impression that you’re no good at, that doesn’t really sound like the famous person you are failing to impersonate. What you get instead is… a unique voice. One that you’ll be able to repeat over and over in the book… by simply firing up your miserable attempt at that impression.

 

 

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#AudioTour “Deep Cut (The Deep Series Bk 2)” by Nick Sullivan

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Author: Nick Sullivan

Narrator: Nick Sullivan

Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Publisher: Wild Yonder Press⎮2019

Genre: Action-Adventure

Series: The Deep, Book 2

Release date: April 30, 2019

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Synopsis: Sometimes, the brightest corners of the world can hold the darkest shadows.

Rising steeply from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the Dutch island of Saba is a sleepy paradise, the mountainous slopes dotted with little red-and-white cottages and the seas teeming with life. But this little oasis has a less tranquil history, many of its inhabitants having descended from smugglers and pirates.

Boone Fischer and Emily Durand are eager to explore their new home, but their peaceful lives are about to be shattered, as one of history’s most powerful hurricanes begins to form – and, as if that weren’t enough, a savage evil has made its way ashore. In this sequel to the best seller Deep Shadow, Nick Sullivan brings listeners to another fascinating corner of the world and sends them into a swirl of action and adventure.

 

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Nick SullivanBorn in East Tennessee, NICK SULLIVAN has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. Nick has been an avid scuba diver for many years and his travels to numerous Caribbean islands have inspired this series. His first novel, “Zombie Bigfoot”, hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.

NICK SULLIVAN has been narrating audiobooks for over twenty years, recording over four hundred titles and receiving numerous AudioFile Earphones and Audie nominations and awards. He has worked extensively on Broadway and at many U.S. theaters. His TV credits include The Good Wife, The Affair, Divorce, Younger, Bull, Madam Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, and all three Law and Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother and Private Life. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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Q & A with Author/Narrator Nick Sullivan

Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.

I’ve been narrating for so long, I think and write in a manner that is conducive to the audiobook format… much to the chagrin of my editor, as I often would opt for a sentence structure that was more in line with how a person would actually say the sentence. The Chicago Manual of Style would not always concur with my decisions!

Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?

Since I came into writing by-way-of narrating, I absolutely have the audiobook in mind throughout the writing process. I will make character choices based on what dialects I can be comfortable with. You’ll likely never have a Bostonian in my books. That’s my kryptonite.

Were there any real-life inspirations behind your writing?

I set the books of my Deep Series in places I’ve dived, so there are numerous occasions when I will base plot points on things I’ve experienced or create characters who are inspired by the people I’ve met in the islands. Emily is based on one such person… and that individual was even goofier than my fictional recreation.

What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? What gets you out of a writing slump?

I’m afraid I’m not that good at getting out of them. Once I get on a roll, I can churn out the words at a dizzying pace… but if I do hit a slump, the longer it goes on the harder it is to get rolling again. Because I spend a lot of time narrating for other authors, my own writing sometimes ends up on the back-burner while I hit their due dates. The enthusiasm returns once I have two solid days of uninterrupted writing; that’s usually all it takes.

Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?

I have been listening to audiobooks since childhood, starting with The Radio Reader with Dick Estell on my local NPR station back in Tennessee. I still listen to them on any drive longer than two hours. I’m an actor in stage and screen, and I really enjoy listening to a narrator perform the interplay between characters. The heavier a book is with dialogue, the more I enjoy it!

What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? It’s not “cheating”, it’s just different. I don’t think people should replace reading with audiobooks, since reading for yourself allows you to put your own mental interpretation on the book… and that’s a magical thing. But sometimes, sitting back and letting a storyteller spin the tale for you is the way to go. Plus, you can multitask!

How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?

I made a margarita and then called up my scuba buddies and asked where we were gonna dive this summer.

In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a series vs. a stand-alone novel?

PRO: You end up with some very well-established, fleshed out characters… and you can continue to build on them, filling in the gaps. CON: You have to figure out how to bring in essential information from past books without beating folks over the head with exposition.

Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?

Yes… first, make sure the sample that is chosen to audition narrators is one YOU chose, one that contains your primary characters. If you leave that to the company, they may just use the first chapter, and if it’s a prologue, it may not adequately “test” your potential narrators. Find a narrator you like? Great… ask them what microphone they use. Then look it up. Is it a USB mic, under 100 bucks? Don’t use that narrator. They are a hobbyist.

What’s next for you?

I have to decide where to set the next book! And maybe take a trip there. I also have the sequel to my horror comedy, Zombie Bigfoot, to finish. And, in the immediate future, I’ve got six books to narrate for other authors.

 

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#AudioTour “Deep Shadow (The Deep Series Bk 1)” by Nick Sullivan

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Author: Nick Sullivan

Narrator: Nick Sullivan

Length: 8 hours 9 minutes

Publisher: Wild Yonder Press⎮2018

Genre: Action-Adventure

Series: The Deep, Book 1

Release date: May 1, 2018

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Synopsis: In the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, something lethal is on the move.

Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Divers Paradise”, divemaster Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.

From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, Deep Shadow takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.

“The age-old adage of ‘write what you know’ becomes very important when you write about a technical subject like scuba diving. When you get all the details right, and throw in just the right amounts of action, humor, romance, and suspense, you have a novel like this.”Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of Fallen Out.

 

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Nick SullivanBorn in East Tennessee, NICK SULLIVAN has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After narrating hundreds of books over the last twenty years, he decided to write his own. Nick has been an avid scuba diver for many years and his travels to numerous Caribbean islands have inspired this series. His first novel, “Zombie Bigfoot”, hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon.

NICK SULLIVAN has been narrating audiobooks for over twenty years, recording over four hundred titles and receiving numerous AudioFile Earphones and Audie nominations and awards. He has worked extensively on Broadway and at many U.S. theaters. His TV credits include The Good Wife, The Affair, Divorce, Younger, Bull, Madam Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, and all three Law and Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother and Private Life. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.

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