I have a confession to make. Despite having all four of my books on audio, I’d never listened to an entire audio book (other than vetting my own for approval) until last weekend.
Last Thursday, during a 10+ hour drive to Chicago, my son and I listened to pro-wrestler Daniel Bryan’s autobiography Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania. It was an amazing story, and made me realize just what I’d been missing by avoiding audio books.
While audio books will never take the place of the written word for me, they are a great alternative—especially when driving, exercising, cleaning, or any other situation where you can’t sit down and read. An added bonus is that the right narrator can really help bring the book to life!
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing narrators for my own books. Going on a drive? Make sure to check them out!
Today I was on Garrett Miller’s Rated G Radio for the full hour, talking about my novels,writing, getting rich, teaching, and even professional wrestling! Check it out, and make sure to follow Garrett on Twitter for news about his show and other projects!
Garrett Miller’s Rated G Radio Featuring Joe DeRouen
Memories of a Ghost, Joe DeRouen’s critically-acclaimed urban fantasy novel, is now available in audio book format! Narrated by the incomparable stage and voice actress Elizabeth Siedt, the book really comes alive through her deft and versatile voice.
What happens when the door between life and death opens a crack and the dead start to rise, and the only person who can close it again can’t remember who she is? Find out in Memories of a Ghost, available now in paperback, eBook, and audio!
Purchase Memories of a Ghost in audio today!
2015 was a busy year for me, which saw the publication of both Memories of a Ghost and my short story collection, Odds & Endings: Fiction Short and Otherwise. My goal for 2016 is to release at least one new novel, though which one it is remains to be seen.
In addition to the much-awaited third book in the Small Things trilogy (tentatively titled A Pattern of Shadows,) I’m also finishing up Leap Year (a time-travel urban fantasy) and beginning work on the as-of-yet-untitled sequel to Memories of a Ghost.
One thing I’ve done in all of my work is to create connections between them. Small Things, for example, briefly references one of the two main characters in Leap Year. The main character in Memories of a Ghost is the sister of a very minor character in Threads. There are too many connections to list between the stories in Odds & Endings and everything else, but all of them do take place in the same universe—even the sci-fi piece Beside Myself. One example: In my novella Merryland, Zara’s doctor is Vanessa Wages. In Small Things, set in 1975, Vanessa Wages appears as a nurse taking care of Shawn Spencer. Maya Wang, also a nurse, appears in that novel. Her sister Lisa appears in Threads, and both women are featured in the short story Smoke along with their brother Jacob, and in a Pattern of Shadows…oops, that one hasn’t been released yet, so I can’t really say. I will, however, tell you that you’ll be seeing a few very familiar faces from Memories of a Ghost!
Those are just a few of the cameos, clues, and connections (not to mention Easter eggs) awaiting you in my fiction. Can you find more? I’ll be waiting to hear from you!