Please welcome Eli Easton and the narrator of her novel, “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”, Tristan Wright for a special interview today!
Eli Interviews TRISTAN WRIGHTThis year I decided to release an audiobook of my Christmas novella, “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles” close to the ebook’s release date. I’ve become hooked on audiobooks. I like to listen to them while I take my daily Fitbit walk or work on a jigsaw puzzle in the evenings. I thought it would be nice for audiobook lovers not to have to wait for this Christmas story!
The audiobook should be out by Dec 7th (the ebook releases Nov 23). To celebrate that, I thought I’d feature the audiobook on my blog tour by chatting with narrator Tristan Wright.
Audio Sample: Mr. Miggles, Chapter 1
Eli: Tristan, you’ve narrated two of my books before, “Superhero” and “Unwrapping Hank”. So I’m thrilled to have you back for another Christmas story. Do you approach something like a light holiday story differently than other books?
Tristan: I do. I try to get a sense of the overall feel of the book before I begin recording it. Each genre has a different tone and each author has their own voice. In this case the main protagonist is narrating the story in first person which adds another layer. I certainly approach it different than I would a medieval romance or spy thriller for instance.
Eli: Where are you from and where do you reside now? (in general terms)
Tristan: I grew up in a small town outside of Minneapolis in MN. I’ve lived in Los Angeles since 2002 and I plan to stay put.
Eli: Are you single or do you have a family/kids?
Tristan: I am married with three kids. We have a one-year-old son and we actually welcomed our second and third child into the family just a couple of weeks ago. Two identical twin girls. We also have a dog, Winston, who is getting less attention than he is used to.
Eli: How did you get into narration in the m/m romance genre?
Tristan: I actually think “Superhero” was the first m/m romance novel I narrated. It was just chance really. The project came along and I was happy to take it on. I have since narrated several other titles in the genre. I’ve found the fan base to be very enthusiastic and loyal which is fun.
Eli: What other genres do you narrate?
Tristan: I’ve narrated a lot of genres including Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Romance, and m/f Romance as well as several Non-Fiction titles. I can’t say I have a favorite genre. I am generally intrigued by a good story and fun well developed characters. Since I get to do the voices of the characters it’s fun when there is some leeway with accents or if a few of the characters are really eccentric.
Eli: Do you do other acting besides book narration?
Tristan: I do. I’ve done several commercials and some television as well as some small feature films. I’ve also done a fair amount of theater.
Eli: Do the people in your real life know you read gay romance? What do they think?
Tristan: My immediate family does as well as a few friends. I use my real name so it wouldn’t be hard to find out if people searched for me on Audible and iTunes. Of course my close family is very supportive, my wife and kids certainly enjoy the paychecks that come from the work. I get some friendly ribbing from my brother but everyone is very supportive. I do have to pick and choose who I recommend them to. Especially if they aren’t expecting the gay sex scenes.
Eli: What are a few of your favorite books that you’ve narrated?
Tristan: All of Eli’s titles of course. J I also did a non-fiction title called “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke which was about people who had near death experiences and saw glimpses of the afterlife. I found that really interesting. I’ve also done several children’s books for Scholastic. I got to narrate “Twas the Night Before Christmas” which is a childhood favorite of mine.
Eli: Do you have a day job or is voice-over work your full-time gig?
There is a lot of slow burn here, but when the two of them come together, it’s pretty magical. Almost like poetry.Ele's ReviewTristan: This is my full time job. Like I said I get to do some occasional on camera work but the majority comes from voice-over. I do a lot of audiobooks as well as commercials, industrials, video games and E-Learning.
Eli: Do you read books or watch movies in your leisure time? If so, what genres do you prefer?
Tristan: I enjoy all of those things. As far as books and audiobooks I like fast paced fiction. Adventure and crime stories mostly. I am dying for more pirate fiction if I’m honest. I recently read a “Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Crichton called which I really enjoyed. I like comedy TV and summer blockbuster films. And any animated feature films.
Eli: What’s your favorite scene to read in “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles” or “Unwrapping Hank”?
Tristan: I am enjoying any scene with Mr. Miggles. His dry wit and almost old fashioned language is fun to narrate out loud. In “Unwrapping Hank” there was a scene where the main character’s Dad is forced by his wife to bring the two guys lube and condoms while they are out in the barn fooling around. The awkwardness of that scene was especially entertaining. I had a great time reading the Dad’s dialogue as he explained that he was there against his will.
Eli: What was the biggest challenge in doing romance narration? The best part?
If you’re looking for a short, but packed with emotion, holiday story that also has some very nice spicy times toward the end…look no further. 5 stars!Belen's ReviewTristan: I think the biggest challenge is conveying the emotions between two people who are falling in love without reacting off of another human. Even if I work with another narrator who does some other characters I usually don’t get to record the scenes with them. It is edited in afterwards. I have to do a lot of acting with myself which is challenging. The best part is that the stories usually have happy endings. I’m a sucker for that.
Eli: Do you record at home or in a studio?
Tristan: I have a studio in my home which means I usually spend my work day in basketball shorts and a t-shirt. It is great for the most part but sometimes I miss interacting with people.
Eli: How difficult is it to read the sex scenes? J
Tristan: It was a little odd the first time but I’m pretty used to it now. The hardest part is convincingly making passionate love to myself. This is true in m/m romance and m/f romance. At least with the m/m sex scenes it’s two male voices and not one of my female characters. Although I have done books with my wife where she narrates the female characters. I highly recommend it to any couple. J
Thanks, Tristan! I love having you as narrator and wish you a Merry Christmas.
– Eli Easton
Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.
But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.
Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.
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Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happy these days writing love stories as a m/m romance author.
As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, two cows, pot belly pig, and cat.Website GoodReads Twitter tumblr Facebook More Author Reviews