“Just Hit Amazon’s No. 1 Bestseller in Biographies & Memoir; Eye Problems; Health, Fitness & Dieting; Disorders & Diseases” Mobility Matters to Amy!
When adventurous overseas traveler, Amy, is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, she has no idea what difficulties lie ahead. After finishing mobility training from the Bureau of Blindness, she thinks her problems are solved, but when Amy tackles the streets with her white cane, the real fun begins.
Determinedly sweeping away her fears, she starts to celebrate the reality of vision-impaired independence. Join the chaos and laughter in this series of uplifting anecdotes as Amy looks to the lighter side of mobility.
Note: The Mobility Series books are stand-alone and do not need to be read in sequence.
Review – “I won this memoir in a draw and wasn’t sure if it would be a book I’d enjoy … However, after the first few chapters, I kept wanting to pick it up and read on. Amy Bovaird’s anecdotes about how she learns to cope with her growing dependence on her cane without giving up her irrepressible spirit of adventure, a fun read, and very inspirational!” 5-Stars!
Targeted Age Group: 18 to 100
What was your inspiration for this book?
I have all three of my award-winning books available as audiobooks. But, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith – was a pivotal year in my life when I came to terms with sight loss through orientation and mobility (white cane) training.
The challenges I had in facing various fears that came along with a cane — psychological, emotional and physical. I noticed many in my support group struggled with using a white cane, and I thought sharing my story would encourage them. Also, my story would serve to educate signed readers and family members about the challenges. My memoir is different because in it I share my inner fears. It's not a how-to.
It remains positive and humorous throughout and brings light to little-discussed training for the blind. My orientation and mobility instructor was completely blind and extremely inspirational in that he modeled positive responses. His attitudes changed my outlook. I felt my memoir would be upbeat, optimistic and educational without being preachy.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
I chose to produce all three books, including this one in as many formats as possible to reach as many vision-impaired readers as possible.
Audio is the perfect format, especially for those with a high degree of sight loss. It's also a contemporary mode of delivery and pairs nicely whisper-sync so if readers want to switch between kindle and audio, they can do so seamlessly. And, of course, all my books are also for everyone and not just the vision impaired.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
As I began my first published audiobook, I invited my readers to suggest narrators and had them read a key passage. Then I let my readers listen, and followed their feedback. Someone in one of my groups suggested the narrator I chose. She had thirty years of experience and could read foreign words, sing, and was able to match her personality to mine in the memoir.
She had her own business so I ended up paying a lot more money for her expertise. Luckily for me, several Lions clubs in my district contributed to the cost of the product. Once I chose the narrator, I continued to use her in the series. It's not the cheapest route but I am very happy with the continuity and her voice. She was lovely to work with.
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