Author: Lisa Reinicke
Narrator: Richard Rieman
Length: 5 hours 15 minutes
Publisher: Our House Publications
Released: June 13, 2018
Genre: Historical Memoir
Not your typical war story. Football Flyboy examines the shaping of a good man, his family, and society under the wing of the messy cleanup as WWII winds down. If you like honest, relatable, no-nonsense people who teach you the threads of building upon relationships while making you laugh and cry, this is a story you'll enjoy! Buster, the football flyboy, was part of the Greatest Generation - a generation that was woven with courage and commitment; an era that wasn't filled with instant gratification or instant anything for that matter. Human relationships were held tightly with a determination not to give up. Old letters seeded Football Flyboy, letters that are a one-sided conversation of a man who lived for someone more important than himself. The struggles of war and his constant change of location kept him from receiving mail regularly, causing frustration and loneliness. Each letter has been unedited with grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors preserved to demonstrate the letters' authenticity. You will meet members of the author's family - in particular, her aunt Ruby. Each chapter opens with "one of the letters" and closes with Aunt Ruby's poems - highlighting the point of the chapter or just providing the listener with a smile or a tear.
Q&A with Author Lisa Reinicke
- Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
- I hired an actor that I was familiar with to do the letters in Dad’s voice. We were able to do the book in tandem rather than record the book separately. This process gave each of us the ability to almost live the story as we recorded. The male voice heard the story with gave him insight to the person behind the letters. I spent several years doing voice over and training videos and take to script pretty fast so we were able to complete in two days in the studio. We did have a “Dirty Rotten Scoundrel- Ham-burg-er” moment. If you haven’t seen the scene it is where Steve Martin tries to say Hamburger. There was one word that I just could not say correctly. We got hung up on it for an hour in the studio and finally the sound engineer just made it work when I got half way close.
- Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
- I do! Whenever you can break into the “people” part of the story the audio is much more interesting. When there is a big part of the scenery detail - this can get monotonous for the talent and the listener to get through.- I love parts where different people get to speak. There is one character that was especially fun to do. Gladys had a thick southern accent and was quite a drama queen. She fainted often and I got to live that moment in audio.
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- I didn’t think about it while writing the book but I always knew that I wanted to do the audio book. I also recorded my children’s books. I love being behind the mic to tell stories. I am a better storyteller than a writer, so I write as if I am telling a story. Editors have to correct my in the writing but the method works for me in audio.
- How did you select your narrator?
- I knew him from working on several projects together. I have always loved his voice and how he connects with the characters. I have spent many years doing voice work and film for our company so I wanted to narrate Dad’s life and have the male part read by Richard Reiman.
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- I gave him the background of the character. Where he was from. Accents. Our character had a bravado but a humbleness. Dad was a football star in a little town and then a hot shot pilot so he had a little ego. But there is a turning point where he sees devastation and is changed. We talked about that and how the actor would take on that role. I did give the actor some latitude because when creative people have some room to take on the role, often times it is better than what you can tell them to do. We Googled many of the Chinese words and they were hard to get through.
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- Yes there always is in my books. I pull from my childhood, my kids, my grandkids. You will find friends attributes show up in my favorite characters. When I am in a place that I don’t want to forget the scene or feelings- then that will show up somewhere in a story.
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- Write your book- It is your story. Even if you never publish you need to write your story. My Auntie Rube wrote a book that was never published. It is a steamy romance. I am not a romance writer but I am going to have it edited and produced for her memory one of these days before I die. Somewhere she is beyond the great unknown- she will know I did this for her. When you write you are leaving a piece of yourself for the world to uncover one of these days.
- Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
- First they must feel the need to do that. The audio is a passion that not everyone has. Don’t do it if you just feel like you have to. Do it because there is something inside nagging at you to make the characters come alive. You have to think of yourself as Dr Frankenstien making his creation live.
- What’s next for you?
- I have a few things twirling. I have a How To book at the editor right now. It is a workbook for people who want to write and independently publish a children’s book. I have so many people want information when I am doing a signing and there just isn’t anything simple for them to follow. There are so many webinars, and people wanting them to join this or that. I wanted to give an aspiring children’s writer a place to begin on their own before tackling all the mountains of information that gets thrown at them. I also have an early reader chapter book at the editor. It is about Harry, the hairy troll who unintentionally adopts a tenderhearted baby dragon. He is a hermit that is thrown into single fatherhood causing all kinds of mishaps. Lastly I am working on a business book that relates back to our Automobile business that we had grown over the last 35 years.