Meet Bronwyn Green, Copyeditor, Audiobook Prepper, Writer and More!
The last few weeks, we’ve featured wonderful interviews with the cast (authors and narrators) of VINTAGE LOVE STORIES. These interviews were created by Bronwyn Green. She also copyedited VINTAGE LOVE STORIES. We are thrilled to introduce you to a wonderful member of our team!
What do you do for Blunder Woman Productions?
The bulk of my freelance work for BWP is preparing books to go into audio. Basically, I’m the human version of Sparknotes for narrators.
With the explosion audiobook popularity, narrators are busier than ever, and not everyone has the time to prep their own books before beginning the narration process. So, what I do is read the book and create a table that includes all characters mentioned in the text, whether they’re major or minor characters, specific accents, pronunciations, vocal tones and quirks, personalities, descriptions, relationships to other characters in the novel and any other pertinent information the narrator may need prior to locking the booth door and hitting record. I also synopsize each story so there are no surprises for the narrator. Surprises for readers are great. Not so much for narrators, though.
In addition to the prepping, I also do some copyediting for BWP and a bit of liaison-ing with authors and narrators and I create and maintain databases so we can keep track of all of the exciting work Blunder Woman is doing.
You’re a writer too and have a few books in audio through BWP. What can you tell us about those?
I write an erotic romance series called Boundwith one of my BFFs, Jessica Jarman. We each write our own books, but they’re all quirky, character-driven, standalone, BDSM romances. BWP released my book, Out of Sync, a MM LGBTQ romance, in May of this year. You guys…I’m so excited about this. Dirk Diamond completely nailed Jamie and Morgan’s accents and voices, and the emotional resonance is exactly what I’d hoped for—actually, it might even be better than I’d hoped for. I just love it, and Dirk is amazing!
And In Bounds, will be releasing sometime in the nearish future. It’s what I affectionately refer to as a “sportsball” romance. It’s a second chance, older woman/younger man story, and while I’ve never been interested in any kind of sportsball, I loved writing Will and Ivy’s story, and I can’t wait to hear what the narrators did with it!
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m working on a joint project with another of my BFFs, Jenny Trout. I’ve never co-written before, so this is new and exciting and maybe a little scary. I’m also working on my next Bound book that’s without a title (because titles are hard, yo) and I’m working on a short contemporary romance that I’ll hopefully be submitting to the project coordinator, shortly.
Has prepping audiobooks affected the way you write?
Definitely. Because it moves far faster than writing or editing, prepping audiobooks has enhanced my ability to quickly analyze text—my own and others’. Regularly synopsizing stories and analyzing characters has made me far more effective at recognizing potential issues with pacing, character and narrative arcs, story structure and conflict. I’ve always had a good ear for dialogue, and regularly prepping other people’s work has only improved that. That old adage about reading being the most important thing writers can do to improve their craft is 3000% true. It’s been especially helpful to read in genres that I wouldn’t have picked up on my own. Even though, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever write in some of those genres, there’s something to be learned in each book.
What do you do when you’re not writing, prepping, editing, etc?
Of course, there’s spending time with my husband and kids, and reading, but I’m what you might call a compulsive crafter. Basically, I’ve never met a craft I didn’t like—well, besides papier-mâché, because eeeewwwww. But I knit, sew (clothes, mostly), cross stitch, draw, paint with watercolors, make jewelry, experiment with random Pinterest crafts, and when I have access to a kiln and/or a wheel, it’s all clay, all the time. And if I can do any of the above while watching Poldark? Then, I’m all kinds of happy.
Can narrators and others hire you, and if so, how?
Absolutely! Feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com- I’d love to chat with you about your projects!
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
I love the idea of creating something from nothing—or at least something from nearly nothing. Those of us who write in English are all using the same twenty-six letters to form words that we then string together to create stories. And those stories all differ wildly from one another. It’s a kind of magic to take letters and thoughts and experiences and weave them together into something that didn’t exist before. I guess that’s true of my favorite crafts, too.
ABOUT BRONWYN GREEN
Bronwyn Green is an author, blogger, and compulsive crafter. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two children and four somewhat psychotic cats. When not frantically writing, she can be found binge-watching Netflix while working on her latest craft project.
As Christine Allen-Riley, she also writes young adult fiction and provides editing, coaching, story development assistance to authors and audiobook prepping to narrators.