Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Q&A between Rob Bryndza and his narrator, Jan Cramer - Blog Tour

I'm delighted to welcome to my blog, not only Rob Bryndza, author of the Erika Foster series that I have been enjoying, but also of the Coco Princhard series that I am eager to read whenever I find the time... but also his audio book narrator Jan Cramer, who he is interviewing today.

Hello Jan, thank you for being part of the Coco Pinchard Box Set blog tour. I’m sure that many readers and listeners know and love your narration for my Erika Foster crime thriller audiobooks. They may not know that you also narrate the audiobooks in the Coco Pinchard series. Who was your favourite character to play?

It has to be Ethel. She has all the best lines, is such a character and has a heart of gold. When I first read the book I laughed out loud, and then I found I was still laughing during the recording. If you kept my giggles in, the audiobook would have been twice as long.

You trained as an actor at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and you are now much in demand as a voice over artist and audiobook narrator. Did you always want to pursue this particular area of work?

When I was at Drama School it was very much theatre based training and that’s where I’ve spent most of my career. But I also did a lot of radio drama and that has informed my voice over and audiobook work as I see an audiobook as a radio play with me playing all the parts. The world of audiobooks has expanded in the Uk over the past 5 years or so, and its opened a whole new world of possibilities. I love it

 With the advent of digital, audiobooks have no restrictions on length. The average being 8 -10 hours. How long does it take to record an audiobook? Do you do it all in one go, or over several days?

It takes about 3 or 4 days in a studio reading in say 3, 2 hour sessions each day. It’s very disciplined. No tea or coffee, just lots of water to drink (and a banana if my tummy rumbles). Apples are also good for the sound as the pectin helps take any mouth clicks away. Microphones pick up everything!!
I get very involved in my books and having read them a couple of times before the studio session, making copious notes, I then live and breathe each book until its finished.

If you narrate a book with a huge cast of characters, do you find it easy to remember all the different accents? And how do you decide on an accent for a particular character?

If I ‘m continuing a series like Coco Pinchard or Erika Foster, I listen back to precious recordings before I start just to make sure the characters are consistent. Once I’m back in that world then it all comes flooding back and I’m ready to go.

A voice doesn’t exist with a person. Therefore, I see every character as a three-dimensional living being, and that’s what informs the choice of voice. The listener may not see them as I do, but every one of them is real to me.

Is there a book out there you would love to narrate – if you like, your fantasy narration?

I was over the moon when asked last year to narrate E M Forsters A Room With a View.  A classic with brilliant prose and wonderful characters. Narrator heaven. But I do also love good contemporary writing, with hopefully someone to make me giggle. 

Thank you so much Jan and Rob for that fabulous interview.

The Coco Pinchard Boxset: 5 bestselling romantic comedies in one! 

Amazon UK
For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza's bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author.

Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones's diary, you'll love perusing Coco Pinchard's emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy. 

Book 2: Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding

Coco thinks she's on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her... Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy - the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex

Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned -- until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex's mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she's pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window... The third book in Robert Bryndza's bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco's trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time. 

Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas

It's 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She's fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco's mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza's smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.

Book 5: Coco Pinchard's Must-Have Toy Story

A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question - how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy? 

It's December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy - almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz. 

From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley's with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.


For the duration of the blog tour, the box set is at these special prices

Amazon UK 99p
Amazon USA $1.99
Amazon AU $0.99
Amazon EU stores €0.99


Author bio: 

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert's books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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