What does "R.C." stand for?
First and middle initials - Robert Christian
How do you remember character's voices?
I make the voices up on the fly as I narrate. Once I've read a good-sized line I'll make an mp3 of it and save it to a "characters" folder I make specifically for each book I'm working on.
Any inspiration(s) behind the voices I create?
Occasionally. Skippy, for example, is a combination of Kelsey Grammar, Oliver Reed, and Gene Hackman. Clay (Commune) is a blatant rip off of Al Swearengen from Deadwood. I'd say about 98% of the voices I create are off the cuff.
How long does it take to record a book, and what's the length of a typical session?
I've been narrating for long enough now that I got it down to a 2:1 ration - it takes me two minutes to record one final minute of audio. So if the final runtime, or finished hours, of an audiobook is 10 hours, it's safe to assume it took me around 20 hours to record.
The length of a session depends. If I'm feeling outstanding and raring to go I can spend over 6 hours in the booth. On the flip side, there have been days when I give up after an hour because my voice is weak, I keep making mistakes, I'm just not in sync with what I'm reading, or any number of things.
Do you choose the books ? How do you get cast?
On occasion. I have my own audiobook publishing company, Blue Heron Audio, that really got off the ground with Commune by Josh Gayou. That series allowed me to start looking for books that I wanted to do as opposed to being cast for. I've recorded books by authors who've reached out to me directly (Dean M. Cole, Matthew Mather, Craig DiLouie...). But for the most part, I'm cast by audiobook publishers. When that's the case, I just go with what they give me be it Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama, Horror, etc.
As far as how I'm cast, it's really a matter of being known in the industry now. When I started out I was given mostly thrillers/suspense titles because my reading voice is so gritty and deep. Now that I'm mostly known for Sci-Fi, I'm inundated with aliens, futuristic tech, and invented languages!
What are your favorite genres to narrate?
Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Literary Fiction, Horror, and Steampunk.
How do you "prep" a book?
First, if I ever were to prepare to record a book, I'd say "this is how I prepare" for a book. I would not ever use the word "prep". One of my biggest pet peeves in the narration world is use of particular words that I believe were invented to make those uttering them sound like arrogant twats. My least favorite is "craft." "Oooo! He/she really knows his/her craft!" "Where do/did you study your craft?" If you want to use elitist artistic jargon like "prep" and "craft"and "essence of the character" by all means go for it. Just know that if you say them in my presence I will be uncontrollably laughing at you inside.