Interview with Teen Paranormal Audiobook Author @SkyeGenaro

I welcome Skye Genaro to my blog today. Skye is the author of Supernatural Summer and Echo Across Time, Book 1 in the Echo Saga. Skye’s fascination with psychics and other gifted individuals sparked when her own clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities began to grow.

What was it like hearing your books narrated as an audiobook?
It was very exciting! It was also a little scary because Supernatural Summer is the first book that I’ve released as an audiobook. Based on my experience, though, I’ll make more of my content available in audio.

What was the most rewarding part of the production process? Was there anything surprising?

I loved working with and getting to know the narrator, Marilyn Ghigliotti. We have a good dynamic, so the process of producing, testing, and finalizing the book went very smoothly. I was surprised at how hard it was to find a narrator that I really liked. I listened to a lot of narrator samples and requested auditions. None of them fit the voice style I was looking for. Then Marilyn got in touch with me about the project, I liked her audition material, and we began working together.

What would you tell someone who has never tried listening to an audiobook? Why are audiobooks a good alternative to print or e-books?

Personally, I love listening to audiobooks at the end of the day when my eyes are tired from working at the computer. I find that I get lost in a story the same way as when I read, and it’s really relaxing.

Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I use a mix of styles, but lean toward outlining. When I am truly inspired by a story idea, the exciting scenes and key conflicts come barreling at me. It’s all I can do to get everything down. Then I need to organize those scenes into a story that flows. As I’m doing that, I add more brainstorming chunks to the bits I’ve already written.

Eventually I’ve created something like an outline, and I start writing out the full story based on that.

What genre(s) do you write in? Why?
I love writing teen paranormal and teen paranormal romance. One of the draws for me is the chance to see the world through a younger protagonist’s eyes. Teenagers experience things for the first time that we adults often take for granted. It’s fun to look at the world from a fresh perspective.

I also have a deep fascination with the paranormal. I have friends who are psychics, mediums, and empaths. I try to write stories that give readers a glimpse of what it’s like to live with a paranormal gift.

How much research was involved in writing your books? How did you go about it?
I’m constantly reading books on paranormal topics, so it’s hard to say how much research I put into any specific book.

Some of my favorite books on the subject look at the decades of scientific research supporting psi activity. I also like talking to people with different gifts, to learn about the human side of clairaudience, clairvoyance, etc.

How much of you is in the books you write? In what ways?
I have very strong intuition and at times this jars people. I’ve learned to keep most of my intuitive experiences to myself because of the odd and sometimes negative reactions I get when I share them. So, I feel compassion for my characters when they struggle with similar situations.

What is your latest audiobook about? Who is the narrator? Please share audio retail links also.
Supernatural Summer is about Summer DeSilva, a teenage girl who has telekinetic power she can’t control. When her emotion spikes, books move, napkins burst into flame, or something else goes awry around her. Her best friend tells her to embrace it, her younger brother teases her about it, and the power embarrasses her every time she gets close to her crush, Joshua.

Remember the movie Clerks? Marilyn Ghigliotti, who played Veronica in the movie, is the narrator for Supernatural Summer. Marilyn still acts but she also does a great job producing audiobooks.

You can find Supernatural Summer on Audible here

Tell us about your hero or heroine in this book. Give us one of his/her strengths and one of his/her weaknesses.
Summer’s biggest weakness is what you’d expect from a typical teenager: high emotion that is all over the map. Unfortunately for her, this is what triggers her telekinesis. Can you imagine watching a chair hurl itself across the room, just because you became embarrassed by something your crush said to you? That’s the kind of thing that happens to Summer.

To her credit, she’s willing to take risks and go after Joshua, even when she’s hiding her ability and it threatens to out her. The girl’s got guts.

What other audiobooks have you written?
This is my only book that’s currently available in audio, but I plan to eventually have all my work available in that format.

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