IHS: Welcome, Sue! Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! What is the title of the book you just completed with us?
IHS: Wonderful and intriguing title! What was your favorite part about bringing this book to audiobook life?
Sue: Hearing Peg come to life was fascinating.
IHS: Glad to hear! Now, switching gears, whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors. What was your inspiration for this book?
Sue: The need to laugh (and hopefully other woman also) while surviving menopause was the catalyst to writing this series.
IHS: That's so cool! Is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
Sue: Writing is my main focus after years of raising a large family. I read (and reread) my favorites).
IH: Many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature. Are you? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?
Sue: Traveling with 5 kids is challenging but audio books kept them entertained and quiet.
IHS: When you were listening to your narrator auditions, what was it like to hear your book get voiced by different people?
Sue: Hearing how different people interpret the characters was interesting.
IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?
Sue: The only thing I worried about was whether we would find the right voice. We did. Brandolin did a fantastic job.
IHS: Thank you! Was there anything that you probably ACTUALLY should have been worried about instead?
Sue: At this point, I don't think there was anything I should have worried about.
IHS: Interesting! Okay, let’s talk reviews. Do you read your reviews and will you read your listener comments? What do you most like to see in the comments?
Sue: I read every review. Of course I like to see the reader has enjoyed the books, but I truly love it when they mention their favorite characters.
IHS: Okay, once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins. What do you do to spread the word about a new release?
Sue: Marketing is the hard part of writing. Online book launch, social media, word of mouth.
IHS: Social media and online book launch are indeed great marketing tools, and word of mouth has always been proven effective. What advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming an author?
Sue: The best advice I received was to wait until 3 books were totally completed before publishing. Once the marketing side of writing begins, time to write shrinks.
IHS: That's a good advice there! So for our audience who hasn't begun the process yet, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook from their published book?
Sue: Everyone has busy schedules and audio books do broaden the ability to reach more readers.
IHS: Thank you for that! So, what was the best part for you about working with I’m Hearing Stories.
Sue: It was nice to hand over the audio process to a professional.
IHS: And it was our pleasure working with you and your book! What a fun time we've had chatting with you today and getting your input! Okay, just for fun now, why don't you share with us your top ten favorite books...
Sue's Top 10 Favorite Books:
Anything by Agatha Christie Dresden Files by Jim Butcher The Nightmare King by LM Mann Adjusted Sails by Kathi Laughman There Is No Moon At My House by Janet Rials Discworld books by Terry Prachett I love to reread my favorites along with news books that catch my eye.
IHS: Thank you! That's very impressive! So, how can our followers learn more about you?
Pintrest: sue hawley
Sue Hawley is probably reading right now. When she's not doing that or being hassled by one of her five grown children she writes cozy mysteries about Peg Shaw, who sees ghosts and has a much more interesting life than Sue. (And that's just fine by her.) Sue enjoys forcing Peg to do things (like take self defense lessons) that she herself would never do. She's also happy that Peg is the one who sees ghosts and has to solve crimes because if it was her she would have saged her house, her dog, and her son's annoying cat. Sue Hawley is the bestselling author of the Peg Shaw cozy mystery series. Hot Flashes/ColdCases is the award winning novel that started it all.
Okay, folks, there you have it! Sue Hawley, author of Hot Flashes/Cold Cases.