I had a wonderful time last evening as the Dalat Library hosted me for a reading of “Beauty Rising.” I gave it my best oral interpretation as I read several passages from parts I and III of the book – without giving away any spoilers.
The response was gracious and encouraging. I used a variety of different voices for the characters which hopefully brought them to life. Then after some Q & A, I sold a bunch of books of which I had the privilege of signing.
It was a humbling, but fun experience.
I have since realized that a passionate reading of select passages is quite the marketing tool. I was able to emphasis the words which were important to me as I wrote them and I was able to create an audio likeness of the visions I had for the novel as a writer.
I must now try to create a theatrical recording for Part I, Chapter 2 “A Father to Me” for marketing purposes. Hopefully, one listen will bring people into the story. I’ll give it a shot!