A woman plunges into consciousness in the midst of what seems like someone else’s life, sending her on a quest to discover who she is and to craft an identity that makes sense of her new reality. As she digs into the mystery of her life, she uncovers a top secret government organization plotting world domination and a clandestine vigilante organization dedicated to destroying it and is caught between these warring factions. Nobody in her new world is exactly who they appear to be, including herself. Identity, she learns, is complicated and inseparable from the body in which it resides.
Targeted Age Group: Adult audiences
Genre: Science Fiction
What was your inspiration for this book?
This is a sequel to A Stand-in for Dying, a science fiction novel about the quest for immortality in the Twenty-first Century. Brink of Life offers a deeper dive into how the interaction between body and mind determine identity and behavior, which was one of my special interests during my career as a psychiatrist. Writing Brink of Life allowed me to play with these ideas within the framework of a fast paced science fiction thriller.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
My fiction tends to be dialogue heavy, a hybrid of novel and screenplay. The narration of another of my novels, Shared Madness, brought my characters to life and intensified the drama, feeling more like an audible play than a narration. I'm also aware that many readers prefer to listen to books or to alternate between reading and listening as their activities allow. An audiobook provides an opportunity to expand my audience.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
I produced the Audiobook through ACX, which I found the most user friendly platform. They provide a mechanism for inviting auditions, based on a passage from the book. Since the protagonist of this book is female, I asked for auditions only from female readers and received a dozen submissions within the first 24 hours. Amy J Johnson was the best of these, narrating in a thoughtful way and voicing the various characters with versatility.
If you have listened to this book let us know what you think in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!
Information is posted directly as it has been submitted by the author.