IHS: Welcome, Claire! Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! Would you please tell our followers who you are, what city you're from?
Claire: I am Claire Gager. I live in Upland, California.
IHS: Okay, Great! What is the title of the book you just completed with us?
Claire: Always in My Heart
IHS: What was your favorite part about bringing this book to audiobook life?
Claire: I was amazed at how well the narrator was able to capture the emotions I wanted to convey in the story. As I listened to the book, it was almost as if I wasn’t the author.
IHS: Whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors. What was your inspiration for this book?
Claire: I have known quite a few doctors and law enforcement officials in my lifetime. Some were friends. Some I have met in passing. I often wondered what their personal life must have been like. Sometimes I would imagine it was lonely having so much responsibility in their chosen careers. Other times I thought it must have been exciting. I am still very curious about both sets of professions, but now with the curiosity of how their love life must be like.
IHS: Is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
Claire: In real life, I am a higher education administrator, and have been in the same field for over 24 years. Writing is my hobby, but I do have a passion for it. I am an avid reader, and also have a love for music. When I am not writing or reading (or playing with my children), I play my guitar and sing for loved ones who may be feeling down.
IHS: Many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature. Are you? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?
Claire: I certainly have listened to a number of audio books. However, I tend to listen to books from a different genre than the one my book is for. I am a fan of fantasy fiction and historical fiction.
IHS: When you were listening to your narrator auditions, what was it like to hear your book get voiced by different people?
Claire: I thought it was interesting to hear how narrators interpreted and conveyed meaning within the text they were reading. In one audition, the narrator had a very different way of expressing feelings that I didn’t consider when I was writing the story. I ultimately selected the narrator who best portrayed the passion between the two protagonists.
IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?
Claire: I worried that no one would want to listen to a newer author in this genre. With so many writters in the romance industry, one can get lost. While this fear didn’t manifest itself, it is a constant thought that invades my brain from time to time.
IHS: Was there anything that you probably ACTUALLY should have been worried about instead?
Claire: I probably should have worried more about promoting my new audiobook on my end rather than dwelling on things. Other than that, the process has been a great one with a lot of support.