Sunday, December 13, 2015

Audiobook is available & 5 things to know about the Syrenka story...

Good news!  The Syrenka audiobook is available now at CDBaby! You can listen to the first segment and purchase it here: Listen now!

With the debut of Shards of the Glass Slipper: Syrenka in enhanced audiobook format, we thought we'd share some tidbits regarding it. So with that said here's 5 things to know about Syrenka:


  1. The story is based off of the Original Hans Christian Andersen tale NOT Disney's version. Obviously, or I'd be sued by the mouse and his army of lawyers! Luckily, the original tale is public domain.  The story of Syrenka takes place as an almost direct sequel the Hans Christian Andersen tale and there are quotes, details and other references related from the original tale.   The names had to be developed in the original tale her sisters did not have names (The Disney version gives them names as well as naming the main character Ariel.) The name Syrenka was derived from an older  mythological reference and is sort of a commonly used name. It most likely originates from the Greek mythology  stories of  the beautiful but deadly Sirens that lured sailors to their doom.
  2.  The Syrenka short story first appeared in Mermaids 13 from Padwolf Publishing.  The Little Mermaid was one of my favorite fairy tales but it was a bit of a tragic ending. So in writing my fairy tale epic Shards of the Glass Slipper, I want to give the Little Mermaid character a better ending. When we meet her in the novel she is older and further along in her condition. Mermaids 13 gave me an opportunity to fill in more of her background. Even though everyone is somewhat familiar with the character, it allowed me to bridge my character from the story everyone was familiar with to the larger story of Shards of the Glass Slipper. Though the story Syrenka takes place before the events in the novel it's a stand alone story. It'a the only story that features a character  from the Shards of the Glass Slipper story outside of the two epic novels.
  3.  With music and sound effects it resembles a radio play rather than a traditionally recorded audiobook. I have a fantastic working relationship with a skilled narrator as Christopher Crosby Morris who narrated the audiobook for Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder and is currently recording Book II: Queen Alice). and most audiobooks will just stop at the narration part. with good reason- audiobooks are generally cost prohibitive to produce. Then layering sound effects and music even moreso ads to the cost and it's a skill many authors are not familiar with.  As it happens to be, I'm not only author and artist but I've done professional work in sound and music mixing for television commercials. So I have the knowledge and resources to successfully attempt something like this. That being said it still is not cheap and takes time.  Some of the sounds I recorded and did foley work myself.( yes I did splash around in my pool with my recording equipment to get sounds for Syrenka). Other music and sound effects I have to search through several sound  and music libraries  I own, which takes time to go through to find the perfect sounds and if I can't find it there I might have to find and purchase. Then there's the time to mix everything together. The Syrenka short story in about an hour in length and took me almost two weeks to to put together. That said, Shards of the Glass Slipper  Queen Cinder is nearly 16 hours long. Not every description in the book requires sound and music does not play throughout. But when  you want to emphasize  action or a scene  it's amazing how that swell of music or that dramatic pause really drives the narrative home. more so than a book or even just a traditional narration. Sound really can help set the mood  and immerse the listener. For audiobooks you are not reading you are listening. in underscore sound effects you'll hear a familiar sound and recognize it in a more primal fashion than you would just listening to a narration. There are those narration-only purists out there that prefer not to have any music or sound. I do think that with the developing of digital technology, this will become a more familiar way to experience an audiobook.
  4. There are many relevant themes that emerged from Syrenka. I think because it's a fairy tale  it's very easy to dismiss the character or the story as children's fare. But in really explore this story  like any true fairy tale there are much darker and adult subject at it's core. If you  stop and think about the main character must grapple with disability. She is rendered unable to speak for starters.Additionally,  she grapples with overcoming considerable pain  and bleeding in her legs. When we meet her again in Shards Of the Glass Slipper, Syrenka has considerable difficulty using her legs. another theme that emerged as the story was developed was of acceptance. In the Story of the little Mermaid, the main character discards her normal upbringing and changes to try to be accepted by another group of people.  A change that is not entirely understood by her family. It's a relatable story especially when discussion of racial divides, gender identification and equality and acceptance are still in the headlines today. Another theme  that is an undercurrent in the story is one of protection and ocean conservation. which is something that has interested me for many years and I was able to weave some of that into the plot as a well.
  5. Syrenka audiobook will NOT be available on audible.com For a simple reason... Audible  needs to connect the audiobook to the print or ebook version on Amazon. Since Syrenka is a story that appears in the Mermaids 13 anthology  and that book was not recorded in it's entirety, Audible.com is not capable of offering anything that does not already exist on Amazon. For me to do Syrenka through Audible I'd have to create an independent ebook just for the Syrenka story, which I felt would be unfair to the other authors in the Mermaids 13 anthology and would be a headache for the publsiher to navigate as well. Cd Baby is not affiliated with Audible.com but has the advantage of distribution models that will make  Syrenka available on amazon.com as an amazon mp3 album and itunes as well.
You can purchase the audiobook for Shards Of The Glass Slipper on Audible.com Here

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Syrenka audiobook announced!

Roy Mauritsen's short story entitled Syrenka which first appeared in Padwolf publishing's Mermaids 13 anthology (which you can buy in it's entirety here)  will soon be available as an audio-book "short story". Appearing on itunes, amazon and other places like CDBaby. rather than the traditional audio-book giant audible, which due to limitations of it's inventory structure was unable to carry this title; as Syrenka only appears as part of an anthology and is not available otherwise..

Syrenka is narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris who narrated Shards Of the Glass Slipper- Book I:Queen Cinder and will be narrating For Book II: Queen Alice which will be released  later in 2016. Both the novel length audio-books as well as the Syrenka short story features music and sound effects to further enhance the listener experience. Syrenka is over an hour in length and will be available for download only, priced for $9.99.

The Syrenka short story is a stand alone prequel that takes place after the events of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid but prior to the events  Roy's mauritsens fairy tale epic Shards of the Glass Slipper.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Concarolinas.. my schedule!

For those of you who are looking for me next weekend at Concarolinas... Charlotte, NC
 Here's my schedule:

Friday
9:30 pm Cover Art
 

Saturday
11:00 am Turning Your Hobby Into a Profession
3:30 pm Have Computers Made the Paintbrush Obsolete?
6:30 pm Author/Artist Collaborations * ( I'm moderating this one!)
 

Sunday
2:30 pm What Genre Is This?



See you there!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Audiobook is out!

Shards Of The Glass Slipper- A Fairy Tale Epic​  BookI: Queen Cinder is now available as an audiobook!!! It's enhanced with music & sound and is narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris! It's on iTunes now and will be available on Audible.com soon! https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/shards-glass-slipper-queen/id978463600


Friday, March 13, 2015

More about the Shards audiobook

The fairy tale fantasy adventure epic
you’ve been waiting to hear!

 Author Roy A. Mauritsen is excited to announce the impending release of his audio book version Shards of the Glass Slipper- Book I: Queen Cinder!


One Last Chance To Save Happily Ever After!
 Can a group of heroes, including Goldenhair, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, help General Snow White and her dwarven resistance fighters defeat the tyrannical Queen Cinderella? Will they succeed before a war with Wonderland destroys everything? Their only hope to stop Cinderella's quest for power lies with a young girl named Patience Muffet, who carries the fabled shards of Cinderella's glass slippers, as well as the dark secret of who murdered the last of the fairy godmothers.
 Expertly told by narrating sensation Christopher Crosby Morris, the Shards 16-hour audio book is enhanced with music and sound for an immersive listener experience.

Watch the promotional video:

 “Audiobooks are a fantastic format,” Roy Mauritsen explains. “With today’s technology, audio books are the fastest growing part of today’s book market. Producing them—the equipment, technical knowhow, and distribution—has been cost prohibitive until recently. Now, with computers, digital formats, and Internet downloading, all that has changed. Readers can download audio-books in moments from Amazon, iTunes, Audible.com and more. Authors and narrators can collaborate to produce works in real time at a distance with complete control of the results.
 That same technology which benefits the creative process makes it easier now than ever before to create a professional-level audio book that incorporates sound effects and music, and distribute it worldwide via digital formats.”
 “I jumped at the chance to collaborate with such a great vocal talent like Christopher Crosby Morris. It was a unique opportunity that turned into a synergistic partnership; what a great chance to showcase Christopher’s incredible voice coupled with my own idea of what I wanted to do with my audiobook! Chris is very much on board with my vision,” says author Roy Mauritsen.
 “Storytelling with music and sound effects isn’t new. This is the way we first told stories to each other. Today’s technology makes it possible to bring the audience a more compelling experience than previously , and I have the skill and resources to put all that together.”
 Roy Mauritsen explains that he mixed the Shards narration and sound effects himself, working days, nights, and weekends over a three month span. “It’s always a labor of love to bring your vision to life.” Carefully selecting the right sounds, Mauritsen made sure not to clutter the reader’s experience, even recording his own sound effects. His concern, he says, “always is to always is to enhance and support, not overpower, the narration.”
 Not every author has the opportunity, knowledge, and resources to put together something like an enhanced audiobook. “I work a lot with audio and video as a graphic designer involved with broadcast commercials in my day job, so it was not a stretch for me to take this on myself. Though I would not recommend every author do this: It’s a lot of work and it’s important to know what you’re doing.”
 Mauritsen has appeared at several conventions since his book was first published in 2012 by Padwolf Publishing. “At author signings, and at every convention I’d meet people who, due to an injury, reading disability, or visual impairment, had difficulty reading traditional paperback books. They‘d ask if I had an audiobook. Due to increasing demand for an audio version of Shards of the Glass Slipper: Queen Cinder books, I began thinking seriously about a full-fledged audio version of the story.”
Inspiration for this enhanced audiobook mainly comes from Mauritsen’s love of the movie-making process. “I’m the guy that gets excited about the sound mixing and sound editing categories at the Oscars,” Mauritsen admits with a grin. Shards is his first opportunity to explore his passion for cinematic sound.
 “This book isn’t everyone’s cup of tea,” Mauritsen acknowledges. “Some people will prefer their audiobooks with just a single voice reading. My audiobook probably isn’t for them. If a voice is an instrument, why not bring the whole orchestra into play? I want the listener to enter a world of sound—to be there in that moment of action, fighting alongside iconic fairy tale characters in a story brought to life by such a skilled narrator as Christopher Crosby Morris.
 “It’s a whole new way to experience Shards of the Glass Slipper… even for me, and I wrote it!” Mauritsen laughs. “It was an amazing experience to hear this story as Chris read it, and then add the sound effects. Underscoring moments with music really added a unique emotional impact to the story, elevating it to a whole new level of storytelling.”
 Mauritsen also says he’s fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a top notch narrator. “Chris knocks it out of the park. His nuance and inflections are incredible. He brings every character to life, which is impressive, as Shards of the Glass Slipper boasts an ensemble cast of nearly two dozen fairy tale characters.”

Emboldened by the positive results of their collaboration, author Roy Mauritsen and narrator Christopher Morris will soon team up again to bring to life the prequel story of the character Syrenka, and later this year they will begin work on the second novel, Shards of the Glass Slipper - Book II Queen Alice. Stay tuned for more exciting audiobook releases from this pair!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Countdown to the Audiobook for Shards Of The Glass Slipper!



Within the next week or so the audiobook will be available worldwide via amazon, audible.com and itunes! Narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris it also features music and sound!

I've made a video trailer to tell you more about it!

watch it here:
 stay tuned!!!!