An author's voice is what makes characters come alive. Makes dialogue ring true. It's the sounds and rhythms that draw you, the reader, in and it's the pacing and phrasing that keep you reading. It's details and diction.Hard enough in a novel that runs several hundred pages-- even harder in a collection of short stories where each story demands its own voice. Some call it style, but the trick is to make the style seem so natural, each story couldn't have been written any other way.
What's that got to do with our next title? Frank Tavares has been called "The Most Heard Voice" in Public Radio because for years, NPR listeners have heard Frank Tavares dozens of times each day. He's the "Support for NPR" guy. He knows how to use his resonant voice to reel off a list of funders and make it sound easy. Natural.
The Man Who Built Boxes and other stories by Frank Tavares is being published this week. You'll have a chance to see how wonderfully well Frank uses his author's voice in the 12 stories and one chapter of a novel.
Until then you can listen to an interview with Frank about his announcer's voice.
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