Author: Sean Gibson
Narrator: Haley Catherine
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House
Released: Feb. 8, 2021
Sure, you think you know the story of the fearsome red dragon, Dragonia. How it terrorized the village of Skendrick until a brave band of heroes answered the noble villagers’ call for aid. How nothing could stop those courageous souls from facing down the dragon. How they emerged victorious and laden with treasure. But, even in a world filled with epic adventures and tales of derring-do, where dragons, goblins, and unlicensed prestidigitators run amok, legendary heroes don’t always know what they’re doing. Sometimes they’re clueless. Sometimes beleaguered townsfolk are more hapless than helpless. And orcs? They’re not always assholes, and sometimes they don’t actually want to eat your children.
Heloise the Bard, Erithea’s most renowned storyteller (at least, to hear her tell it), is here to set the record straight. See, it turns out adventuring isn’t easy, and true heroism is as rare as an articulate villager. Having spent decades propagating this particular myth (which, incidentally, she wrote), she finally able to tell the real story – for which she just so happened to have a front-row seat. Welcome to Erithea. I hope you brought a change of undergarments – things are going to get messy.
Sean Gibson, “author” and slackonteur, is not a professional mini biography writer (if he were, this would be much more compelling). Instead, he’s a communications professional by day, hangs out with his amazing wife, son, and daughter by night, and writes somewhere in between. He holds a BA in English Literature from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, though rumors persist that he also attended mime school (he is silent on the subject). Sean is a fan of sports teams from Detroit, a distressingly large number of bands that rose to prominence in the 1980s, and writing in the third person. He currently resides in Northern Virginia, and, given how much he hates moving, and given that his house has an awesome library, is likely to remain there for some time.
Sean is the author of several stories starring Heloise the Bard, including The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True, “You Just Can’t Hide from Chriskahzaa,” and The Chronicle of Heloise & Grimple. He also wrote the Victorian-set fantasy thriller The Camelot Shadow and its prequel short, “The Strange Task Before Me.” He has written extensively for Kirkus Reviews, and his book reviews have also appeared in Esquire.
Haley Catherine is am a performer, singer and VO actor based in both London and Austin, Texas (depending on the time of year, and state of the world!). She received her BFA (cum laude) from Boston Conservatory and my MA (distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has spent her time since training working with companies such as The National, Secret Cinema, Welsh National Opera, and more, as well as narrating audiobooks for ACX and Audible.
Q&A with Author Sean Gibson
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- I was barely coherent during most of the drafting stage and couldn’t figure out what to have for lunch, so wasn’t really thinking ahead to the possibility of turning this into an audiobook. That said, as I got close to the finish line–and made the critical decision to go with a peanut butter sandwich–I started to think about how it would sound, thinking about how much fun it would be if we could find someone who had the vocal range to do so many different characters.
- What’s your favorite:
- Food: Pizza (though now I’m trying to eat vegan, so it’s more like pizza crust topped with tomato sauce, fresh basil, and the salty tears of so many delicious memories)
- Book: Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Television show
- Movie: Ghostbusters
- Band: Van Halen (with Sammy Hagar, of course)
- Sports team
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- The best advice I’ve ever heard is from legendary fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, who advises that if you can quit, do it. Walk away. In fact, run away. Just stop. Writing is a hard, lonely, and often fruitless undertaking. Why do something like that if you don’t have to? But if you can’t stop–if you absolutely feel compelled to keep telling stories no matter how hard it is or how much you’d be having if you were, instead, hot-tubbing with the cool kids (whoa…high school flashbacks), then you’re a writer, and you’ve got to pour everything you’ve got into it and never stop trying to get better.
- Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
- It’s obviously important to find someone who has the right voice, but it’s also critical to find someone who you feel like gets what you’re trying to do and is open to input and collaboration. I feel very, very lucky to have found exactly that.
- What’s next for you?
- Probably another peanut butter sandwich. And hopefully more stories. Come hang out with me at www.seangibsonauthor.com
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Disclaimer – I have not read this book so I cannot speak to its appropriateness for a K-12 Christian School library. I encourage librarians to read the book before making a purchasing decision.
I choose to share it because it does sound interesting. If you read it, let me know what you think.