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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Dear Olga, believe me I get it, but you never sound like *me me me “. This is a great post! It is exciting to get a snip of the audio book. This is such a fantastic series. Everything about it is so professionally done. It’s well worth blogging about! Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. You’re very kind. I think getting a female narrator was the right decision. Oh, when I bore myself with promotion I think it’s time to stop. Have a great Sunday.

  2. I have only ever listened to a couple of audiobooks, a long time ago, and they were both narrated by men, reasonably well-known actors. I see no reason why a woman is just as good, and listening to Kathy on the clip, she makes a great job of it. But without wishing to cause offence (as none is intended) I don’t know how long I could listen to such an obviously American accent, even if the character in the book is American. OK, maybe Orson Welles or Burgess Meredith, but they’re long gone. 🙂
    Another thing I find, is that narrators often use inflection and other devices at places in a book where my own mind would not do so. Just a personal thing, and probably why I rarely listen to them.
    I hope that this finds you new outlets, and increases sales and awareness, Olga.

    Best wishes, Pete

    1. Thanks, Pete. Indeed a lot of well-known actors do narration (after all is acting. I saw Michael Sheen was doing narration too a few days back). The narrator for the first book in the series (that is how I got started with producing audiobooks) is an Irish actor. The problem is going to be that whichever person does it, it might or might not match up whatever we think in our heads. I’ve seen that some fans of audiobooks follow narrators rather than authors (they like the way the person narrates the book and are not always so concerned about the material itself) and I guess it makes sense. I listen to books, but rarely in audiobook format. What I tend to do is use the speech to text option in the Kindle e-book, and that’s an automated computerised voice, but I find it less distracting than some narrators (and it does not have much of an accent) although sometimes it might read some words wrong… (Although that happens with people too).
      When my goddaughter was visiting, I was sharing with her the audiobooks (she’s Spanish), and she finds American accents easier to understand than British, so I guess for language learners things might be different.
      I think any way of trying to make sure that my books can reach a wider public is worth trying, although it’s very much luck. Thanks for your good wishes and enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend.

    1. Thanks, Sarah! Enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend!

  3. Congratulations, Olga! Having audio versions of your books is a smart move. Though it was just a taste, I liked what I heard.

    1. Thanks very much, Jo Anne. I try everything and it seems lots of people these days prefer audiobooks, so it’s well worth a go. I did really enjoy Kathy’s narration (it is a fascinating thing to hear the book read by somebody else too). All the best.

  4. Chuck says:

    Hi Olga,
    In my opinion, sharing your writing is not being selfish (me, me,…). I would love to try to record an audio reading of my book. I can only guess, it would take hours and a lot of hard work. I thank you for sharing and your leadership. HUGS

    1. Thanks, Chuck. You’re very kind. I volunteer at a radio station and don’t mind it that much, but you’re right, I know every hour of finished audio involves many hours of work (as you have to edit, etc). Some people make studios in their own homes and have the proper equipment, and others hire a studio (but I think it can be quite expensive. An actor I knew recorded at home and then used the studio for the final edits). ACX offers the option of splitting royalties with the narrator, although you can also choose to pay for the recording (and the rates vary depending on how well known the narrator is, as you can imagine. Famous actors normally will only work for big publishing houses, but of course they can pick and choose). It is quite an experience to hear your own characters talking, that’s for sure. Good luck and thanks again!

  5. dgkaye says:

    Congrats Olga! I have the book on my Kindle! And don’t ever be shy to strut your stuff, lord knows you share so many books for others. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. I hope you enjoy it! I did for sure! (It feels weird when you listen to your own book narrated by somebody else for the first time). I’m sure your books would be great as audiobooks. I know some non-fiction writers do their own narrations, but I’m not sure about the equipment. ACX.com and splitting royalties is always an option…
      I think reaching the happy medium of promoting without getting repetitive is difficult, especially when one has been blogging and publishing for a while.
      Have a great week, Debby!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. I am definitely going to look into audio next year. For now my plate is full. You’re such a dynamo! 🙂 xx

        1. To be honest, the audio side of things does not require much effort (ACX will pull up all your books, including descriptions, etc, from Amazon and you just need to say they are yours. Yes, you can make some comments as to what type of voice and accent the narrator should have, but otherwise, it’s just a matter of posting the book and hoping somebody will be interested. Once it’s finished you have to listen and ask for corrections but the hard work is already done). At the moment I’m at a bit of an impasse, as I’m waiting on feedback on a project and also waiting to know what my schedule will look like before I start something new so…

          1. dgkaye says:

            Thanks so much for all your information Olga. 🙂 x

          2. Any time! (I’m sure I’ve shared one or two posts about audios a while back but I’m not sure I’ve given a lot of detail. One of the problems with ACX is that to be able to ‘produce’ an audiobook with them you need to fulfill certain requirements. I remember when I tried to upload my first audiobook, I couldn’t because at the time you had to be in the US but they are expanding to cover more areas all the time).

          3. dgkaye says:

            Thanks so much for adding that tip Olga! 🙂 Yes, I’ve read a few of your posts on ACX. 🙂

          4. 🙂

  6. Lovely to read more about your books, Olga, you need to tell us more about them. I love audio books and I will look for this one on Audible.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It’s a bit difficult to keep the balance, when one has been writing and blogging for a while, between letting new readers of the blog know about what one does and not repeating oneself too much for the readers who regularly follow the blog. On this blog, I have pages dedicated to my books, free book, audiobooks… Here is the link to the audiobooks (now the whole series is available in that format): http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/my-audiobooks/
      Thanks very much, Robbie and have a great week!

  7. Good luck with your audio book Olga. Never tried one of those! 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Marje! They are handy for combining ‘reading’ with other things, like chores, driving, going for a walk, exercising… These days when we have so many calls on our time it’s good to try new things, although they’ve been around, in one format or other, for a long time.
      Have a great week!

  8. Terrific narration. Best of luck with the audio book, Olga! Hope to read more Mary stories soon 🙂

    1. Thanks, Inese. You’re a star. I’ve written another story with Mary as the protagonist but it’s in combination with a series by another author, and I’m waiting for feedback, so it might be a while. Have a great rest of the week!

      1. Oh I cannot wait to read it! xx

        1. Thanks, Inese. I want to check it out and perhaps change the first chapter a little bit when I finish with the translation I’m working on at the moment, but if you want to read an early version, I’ll keep you posted (if the other writer decides the book does not work for him, I’ll still publish it, but I’ll have to make some changes to the names of some of the characters). I think I’ve come up with quite an interesting baddie.

          1. I am sure you have 🙂 Hope the other author is happy, but if not, just go on and publish the way you see it right.

          2. Thanks, Inese. I will.

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