If you had told me the evening I geeked out after receiving a tweet from Simon Vance that I would one day talk to him rather calmly on the phone, I probably would have looked at you like your hair was on fire. My hands were trembling as I typed up questions for an email interview I posted during Audiobook Week 2010 for heaven’s sake. I have since chatted with him on Twitter, but an actual, honest to God phone conversation? Yeah, right.
To be honest, I never would have thought of a phone interview until June is Audiobook Month when I read Natalie’s post about her phone interview with Scott Brick. It was a pure fangirl moment for Natalie as well as for those of us who lived the experience vicariously through her. It was that interview and the Team Brick vs. Team Vance thing that made this interview possible. I’m nothing if I’m not up to a challenge. Team Brick fired the first shot, but I wasn’t about to let it go unanswered just because I was nervous. I am a Dale Carnegie graduate after all!
In the end, there was nothing to be nervous about at all. We discussed the experience of transitioning between diverse books for both narrators and readers, the history of Simon’s home studio, his thoughts on immediate audience feedback while recording, and James Bond. Simon Vance is as charming as he is talented. I even think I did a decent job remaining calm. Don’t be fooled, though. I was fully aware that I was living an audiobook lover’s dream.
As it’s Christmas time, it just wouldn’t be right to keep this experience to myself. Click on the link below to find out what made Simon a winner, which book holds the distinction of being the only one he’s recorded out of order, and what word I practiced saying over and over again so that I would say it the proper British way.
Shaken, Not Stirred Jump Start Pack
I’m hosting the Shaken, Not Stirred challenge featuring the Ian Fleming novels narrated by Simon. Blackstone Audio is an outstanding sponsor of this challenge and they are offering a giveaway in conjunction with this interview!
It began in July, but if you would like to join the Shaken, Not Stirred challenge, it’s definitely not too late! Sign up and join us for our January listen and you will be in the running for a six audiobook Bond Jump Start Pack from Blackstone Audio including Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love and Dr. No. Then simply listen to Goldfinger and join us for the Twitter party on Saturday, January 20th at 9:30pm EST. I will announce the winner during the party.
For those of you who have participated all along, you have not been forgotten. I have two copies of My Word is My Bond, a memoir by Roger Moore to give away to you.
I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. Thanks, Simon! Life is good.