I love researching how to “do something,” especially when I’m bored at work, so of course when I decided to make a trailer for The Cycle of the Six Moons, I searched all over Google for various ideas. I wanted to document my process in case it might help someone else, so here it is!
Head over to Cassidy Taylor’s website and check out her interview with me today 😀
Here’s a sneak peek!
What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
I love inspiring people, whether it’s through my writing or other activities, such as my voice acting, so I absolutely love it and get super emotional whenever someone tells me that not only have I inspired them to voice act, but also to write their own books. I love inspiring others to achieve their dreams.
What’s your Hogwarts house and why?
Hurhurhurrr. Ravenclaw all the way. This might be racist, and it very well might be because she’s Chinese, but when Cho Chang first made an appearance in The Prisoner of Azkaban, something just clicked. Also, Luna is in Ravenclaw and she’s just delightful, and Hermione could have been in Ravenclaw.
The fifth audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Last Winter Moon! With Steven Kelly as Cyal!
Sadly, Jayse hasn’t had much to say in this book’s teasers. But that’s okay, ’cause Steven would have a lot to say in this one! As a different character.
It took no time at all to find a voice for Cyal. An older, pompous, more regal version of Jayse. I had a lot of fun directing Steven on this one, telling him to deliver the lines more like a jerk.
I think the lines we had the most fun with were “Yes” when Cyal says, “Well, duh, of course I’m keeping you prisoner,” and “A pretty awful one.” The “pffftt” before that second line was totally Steven’s doing and I loved it so I kept it in.
Some greatest love story of all time, eh?! Certainly shows what I think of romantic stories :’D
Anyway, check out Steven’s links and stuff in the video description!
The fourth audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Last Winter Moon! With Elissa Park as Dreana and Steven Kelly as Jayse!
When Elissa told me that she’d read the script, she said, “Do they go on a drug trip…?”
Though this one starts off somber, I like the overall tranquil feel of being stranded in the middle of a snowy forest. I like the dreamlike way it trails off at the end. All the sparkles and the whoosh. It’s also how Part One ends.
It was nice finally getting to work with Elissa voicing a Dreana that wasn’t totally bitchy or seductive. This is a sincere, vulnerable part of Dreana that’s absent for far too long, and I think it’s really nice seeing both Jayse and Michelle–both of whom for the most part distrusted or even hated Dreana–finally deciding, that through their journey together, she is trustworthy after all.
…and then she has to go and drug them both. With their permission, of course 😉
So when Steven sniffs the air, I told him, “Can you just, like, sniff for a second.” And he did so, and then laughed, “Years of Shakespeare have led me to this moment!”
Also thought it was insanely funny when he grunts ’cause Jayse rolls out of his hammock. “Yeah, his whole body just kinda like…plop.” Pfft. I dunno.
Anyway, check out their links in the description and stuff 🙂
The third audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Last Winter Moon! With John Archer as Gediyon, and walla by Laila Berzins, Jasmine Carbonell, Derek Crawley, Kellen Goff, Paul Im, Cody Johnson, Kyle Land, Kalyn McCabe, Patrick M. Seymour, Dane Spurrell, Shanice Turner, and Steve Nunez!
This is pretty much a test to see who’s actually watching these things, and my guess is, not very many 😛 So I’ll tell you right off the bat, right here, right now, this doesn’t actually happen in the book.
The tone is way off and wacky from the seriousness of the rest of the teasers, and I wrote this scene specifically to have some fun. I even make fun of my own writing. Notice how in the actual books, Michelle often seems way more concerned about Gediyon than she is about her own freakin’ boyfriend, Jayse? Yeah. And Gediyon Fan Club? Yup.
I went over the idea with John, who voices Gediyon. I wanted five promotional shorts for the third book, like I had for the previous two books, but I couldn’t really pick out a scene that I wanted to do that didn’t give away too much. So I decided to make something up.
I totally satirized my own writing, and maybe you’ll even notice some influences from The Princess Bride 😉 Which is, like, one of my favorite books ever.
Anyway, after John and I recorded his lines for the previous, serious scene, Beasts of the Mountain, we jumped into this for goofy times. I didn’t actually know HOW I wanted him to portray Gediyon in this scene. Straight man? Drunk? Deadpan? We went all over the place, and when I finally got around to editing, it went from straight to silly and “I AM A SUPER HERO AND I WILL MAKE EVERYONE SOUP!!!” Anyway. I like it. If y’all don’t, please blame it on me :’D IT’S ALL MY FAULT.
As for the walla, I did a short call for extra voices on Facebook, and used pretty much every decent sounding recording that I received within a few days. I’m kind of surprised how much it sounds like an actual crowd when you combine a bunch of individual voices together 😀 I mean, duh. But there’s a certain sort of resonance with a real crowd that you don’t get from individual voices.
Anyway, thanks for reading this :’D
The second audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Last Winter Moon! With John Archer as Gediyon, Elissa Park as Dreana, and Steven Kelly as Jayse.
This miiight be my favorite of this book’s teasers? Yes, because Gediyon is in it. 150 pages in, and this is the first time he says anything. Gurrhurr Gediyon, my sweet ಥ﹏ಥ
This is also the scene that happens right before the scene on the cover art, so there’s that 🙂
Anyway, one of the best things about this teaser is the last piece of music used. It falls into place just so perfectly. Just listen to it :O
I love this one, and I don’t know what else I can say about it. I love my voice actors, too. They’re so awesome.
Check out everyone’s links in the video description 🙂
ALSO, YEAH, GEDIYON GROWS FACIAL HAIR. FOR A SHORT TIME.
The first audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Last Winter Moon! With Kyle Land as Isel Mingon, Steven Kelly as Jayse, and Elissa Park as Dreana.
One of the first lighthearted moments in The Last Winter Moon. Of course, it’s because Isel Mingon/Mr. Gum/Whatever-His-Name-Is makes a reappearance!
I picked out this scene specifically for Kyle to do. It was a scene I wanted to do since I held auditions for the character. The character has two distinct personalities, Isel Mingon–the flamboyantly happy Bubble salesman–and Mr. Gum, a cold, conniving businessman. (You’ll notice in this scene that Jayse still holds some resentment toward him for what Mr. Gum did to Michelle and Jayse in An Eclipsing Autumn.) And there’s also a serious-as-hell personality that you see here.
He and Dreana actually know what’s going on behind the scenes, but they’re keeping quiet for Michelle and Jayse so they won’t know how bad things really are.
Kyle was an absolute joy to work with on this scene 😀 I love his energy and interpretation of the lines.
Check out everyone’s links in the video description! 😀
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Today, I visited Fairfield High School, read a passage from The Starriest Summer, and did a Q&A! IT WAS GREAT! The librarians and an ESL teacher told me how awesome it was to follow my dreams, write something that teenagers can relate to in words that teenagers might actually speak, and I encouraged some of the kids to PURSUE THEIR PASSION FOR WRITING!!! Yes! Oh god, it was great! I love inspiring people! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!