Interview with Rom Com Audiobook Author @barbsilkstone

Today I welcome Barbara Silkstone to my blog. Barbara is the best-selling author of the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series that includes: Wendy and the Lost Boys, London Broil, Cairo Caper, Miami Mummies, Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Boxed Set.

Cairo Caper

What was it like hearing your books narrated as an audiobook?

The first time I heard my character speak it brought tears to my eyes. It was like hearing your baby’s first words.

What was the most rewarding part of the production process?

Hearing the sample after finding the perfect music clip for the introduction. I found a piece of pirate music that perfectly fit the theme of Wendy and the Lost Boys. It became very visual for me. Wendy Darlin was on a super yacht in the Caribbean, dodging pirates. I always imagine my books as movies and this process brought it one step further in my mind.

Was there anything surprising?

The surprising part was how challenging it is for someone to properly deliver a comic line. The pace of the words and the delivery of the joke must be spot-on for the humor to work.

Why are audiobooks a good alternative to print or e-books?

For me there are times when my eyes are tired. I keep my audio books on my desktop computer. I snuggle on the sofa, close my eyes, and just listen as someone else reads a story to me. I feel like a child again.

There is a lot of writing involved before authors get to the point where their books are ready to be produced as an audiobook. Here are a few questions about the writing process: Do you outline your books or wing it?

A combination of both. I write a one-page synopsis and gradually expand. My characters, especially my women sleuths, run away with the story so there is no confining them. Comedy takes on a life of its own. One funny incident often leads to another unexpected but hilarious incident.

What genres to you write in?

Comedy Mystery, Comedy Suspense, Romantic Comedy

Why?
I think most authors write in the genre they most enjoy reading. I don’t like reading about crimes unless there’s a comic twist. We live in a tough world. It’s nice to escape and find a giggle in what could be a dark moment.

How much research was involved in writing your books? How do you go about it?

I’m working on my ninth novel, plus I have my box sets, and short stories in various anthologies. Much of what I write about is taken from my real life near catastrophes and made funny. So there is no research required, just a good memory. I have spent a lot of time in England, so I play with my experiences there. The British versus American take on life provides fertile fields for humor.

Cairo Caper
is one of the few books that did require research as I’ve not yet been to Egypt. I was fortunate to be introduced via Face Book to a gentleman in Cairo who provided me with lots of valuable information on the city and the country. In the story Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider struggles to cross the desert in search of Cleopatra’s tomb. I had to create a feel for the Sahara while sliding in the laughs.

How much of you is in the books you write?

I have had so many totally off-the-wall adventures that I would say about 70% of my books is me.

In what ways?
Wendy Darlin meets people I have encountered in funny and not so funny ways. Of course they wear disguises in my books. Wendy also shares my phobias: fear of heights, fear of getting her face wet, and fear of holes in fabric. She says the snarky things I wish I could say.

What is your latest audiobook about?

Cairo Caper is the latest audio version of the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series. The narrator is Nicole Colburn.

Buy it on: Audible

Tell us about your heroine in this book.
Wendy Darlin is quick to help her friends. Often their requests are quite outlandish, but Wendy always comes through. She’s had to learn how to fly a helicopter, steal stolen antiquities hidden under the Queen’s chair in London, trudged the Sahara with only one shoe on her foot, and deal with mummies buried in Miami. Her biggest weakness is one we share. We can’t tolerate holes in fabric. Completely grosses us out.

What other audiobooks have you written?
Currently the following books are in audio with more to come:
Wendy and the Lost Boys
London Broil
Cairo Caper


The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters
Zo White and the Seven Morphs
Cold Case Morphs
The Adventures of a Love Investigator

For more information about Barbara Silkstone’s books visit:
Website.
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/WendyDarlinTombRaider

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbara-Silkstone-Author/156097004489447



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Comments

  1. Thank you so very much for hosting me today.
    It’s lovely to be here.

  2. I love Barbara’s writing. I’ve read a few of her books and they are always fun and filled with surprises.

  3. Barbara’s books are so fun! Thanks for the great interview!

  4. I love Barbara’s books and she always gives great interviews – thanks

  5. Fab interview, Stacy and Barbara. Love Barbara’s books 🙂 xx

  6. Thank you, all for your lovely comments. I so appreciate them.
    The Camapoos* send their love!

    *Cross between camels and poodles.

  7. A great interview, and I wish you every success with the audio book

  8. Gerry McCullough says

    As always, Barbara, you are both funny and honest. Thanks for posting this, Stacy! You are so right, Barbara, about the difficulty of delivering comic lines. When I’m reading from my own books, I always find that is the most difficult bit.

  9. Great interview!

    Keep doing the good job!

Stacy Juba