Monday, September 13, 2021

The Final Constant by Mitchell Dorian - Audio Book Tour

Author: Mitchell Dorian

Narrator: Zachary Johnson

Length: 1 hour 4 minutes

Publisher: Audiobook Empire

Producer: Audiobook Empire

Released: August 10, 2021

Genre: Science Fiction; Anthology

You can prolong the inevitable. But can you avert it? Mr. Markov is a man with a lust for immortality, and a wife of decades who has made her peace with death. Dr. Grant Eddings is a man obsessed with regret, hell-bent on bending and breaking time to undo his greatest mistakes. Rose is a clone soldier of the Legion, born from the cells of a famed warrior and conditioned to fight against an enemy of incomprehensible power and intelligence. Author Mitchell Dorian presents three short stories of time travel, love, loss, and war. Set in the distant and the not-so-distant future, each tale sees its often dubious hero grapple with the passage of time, and with it, life.
Mitchell Dorian would proudly describe himself as a non-conformist, hyper-aware of mainstream sensibilities and always sure to contradict them so that he may never be defined by what the herd thinks. He may also have a poor sense of irony. He lives with his pet rock, Duane, and his Sim family. He finds it easier to be friends with entities whose names, faces, and personalities he can alter at will with a click of a button and/or whim of the mind, depending on his mood. He has strongly considered setting up a pet Instagram for said rock, but Duane has not proven cooperative yet, often looking away at inopportune moments during the photographing process. Mitchell's first novel, THE FINAL CONSTANT, will be available on audiobook August 2021.
Lover of mathematics, devourer of science fiction, and connoisseur of the dad joke. When he's not doing math for business or fun, he's devouring science fiction and fantasy, reading up on scientific advancements, going for a jog, or, on all too rare occasions, taking a refreshing swim at the beach. At your service, you shall have an able storyteller and gifted conveyor of information. Experienced in narrating fiction, from the romantic to the post-apocalyptic, and nonfiction, from the historical to the corporate, and armed with the tools to make it all sound great, Zachary promises that, no matter the job, you'll be read-iculously pleased!

Q&A with Narrator Zachary Johnson
  • When did you know you wanted to be an audiobook narrator?
    • I don’t know that I ever really had a specific moment where I realized this is what I wanted to do with my life, and I certainly never imagined it would become a full-time job. Actually, for quite a while I would joke that I did the opposite of what people who pursue acting careers do in the movies. So instead of sitting around doing math problems all day and then throwing down their pencil and saying “Damn it, I want to act!” I threw down my scripts and said “Damn it I want to do math problems all day!” And then I went back to school. It was only really when COVID hit and I took some time off work for safety reasons that I started pursuing the job in earnest. Next thing I knew it started to pay off, and now I’m here!
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • Helpful, most definitely, but not essential. It’s great to have experience in any form of acting when you’re doing this because, fundamentally, that’s what a narrator is. But, that said, it’s its own style of acting and not everything in the theater is going to translate perfectly. For example, you don’t have other actors to play off of, and you’re not as free to gesture as you might be on a stage. That said, training specifically in narration is essential. A good teacher makes all the difference when it comes to learning how to understand and engage with the stories you’re telling.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • I’ve studied with the great Sean Pratt, of course, and I’ve also studied acting at Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop out in Hollywood. I was there for two years, and I’ve been aching to go back for a long time now. I also like to watch/listen to other narrators work to get an idea of how they do their jobs, and I have a ton of teachers in mind I want to work with in the coming years, like Scott Brick and PJ Ochlan.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • I recently discovered this magical activity called “going outside for a few minutes” that I do between recording sessions. It really does make a difference to not only leave my studio, but my whole living space, for a little while. It’s really easy, even with clear separation between home and office, to still associate the “home” part of your living space with work since my commute is a walk to another room,.
  • Is there a particular genre you feel unsuited for? Have you ever declined a project because you didn’t think you were right for it?
    • Sure! I think it’s largely an instinctual thing. I’ve had certain projects come my way that I just felt for whatever reason I was not the person who could bring the work to life in the way the author wanted, and I said so. I don’t think it’s a feeling applicable to a certain genre or anything like that, but I’ve definitely had to turn down projects because I’ve felt badly suited for them.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • I know this author quite well, and I’d been wanting to narrate his stuff for a long time. I jumped at the chance when the opportunity presented itself.
  • Have there been any characters that you really connected with?
    • Actually, Dr. Eddings in “The Final Constant” is definitely one. I’m sure we can all relate to the pain that is wondering “what would my life be like if past me hadn’t done x stupid thing?!” It can be a hard feeling to live with if we let that obsession get the better of us, and when I was reading for him, it felt kind of like I was exploring that idea of an extreme obsession with fixing the past myself.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • I know it would be a terrible idea, but yes. I would. I think I’d jump way ahead like 7 or 8 billion years to sneak a peek at what the galaxy will look like post-Earth. Plus, this way I can’t screw up the past.
  • If you could narrate one book from your youth what would it be and why?
    • “Holes,” for sure. I think that was the first “mature” book I read in my elementary school days and I remember being blown away by it. And I read it years later and it still held up. It’s just such a cool, unique story told in such a dry, funny way, and I would be over the moon if I ever got to record it.
  • What’s next for you?
    • A lot more books! I’ve got Stacy Bennett’s wonderful “Call of the Huntress,” Sam Burns’ “Fluke and the Faithless Father,” A.V. Warren’s “Vicheu Chronicles,” and A.D. Trosper’s “Dragon’s Call” series. Plus I’m planning on starting my YouTube channel back up and doing some live gaming streams there in addition to my promo videos! Come hang out if you see me!
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