Last month, my good friend and fellow writer, Magnolia Belle, released her medieval romantic adventure, Lady Gwendolyn. I read about a quarter of it when she first started writing it and I’m a little more than halfway through the novel now. It’s a fun read, a quick pace and with great characters.
The other day Belle approached me to do some voice work for the audio book version, as Beowyn Camden, Captain of House Hampton. He’s a heroic figure with a commanding presence and falls in love with a beautiful redheaded kitchen maid during his adventures.
How could I say no?
I’ve never done voice acting before, but I’ve done theater and small films, so I figure I’m close enough to the right ballpark. I just sent Belle over the first six chapters worth of dialogue. Did my best to mask my sometimes thick Boston accent, too. Speaking of which, I shot a small scene for the webseries Staying in Boston in which I was asked to thicken my Boston accent. That was a first. Kinda funny to ask to do something you do naturally but a little more over the top…
But I digress… I watched a few clips of Karl Urban as Eomer in Lord of the Rings for a little vocal inspiration. Of course, Karl Urban > Me, but might as well aim high, right?
To the right is what Beowyn looks like (snagged the pic from Belle’s PinInterest), which is exactly how I look except I’m a bit scruffier and my hair isn’t nearly as long. But other than that, spitting image.
So in the past month, I’ve shot a scene for Staying in Boston, did several scenes and a sword fight for the still unnamed indie pirate film. and now a little voice acting. And last year I did some shooting for How to Win the Internet (another indie movie). Busy, busy when not writing. I need to start charging.
Joking aside, I’m very happy that Belle is expanding into the audio book world, and I’m stoked to be playing a role in it. I’m also usually cast as a villainous pirate, so playing a dashing, heroic knight is a welcome change of pace. Hope it comes out well.
I’ll be sure to let everyone know when it comes out.