What do Joel Suzuki, teenage musician protagonist from Secret of the Songshell and Jonathan Murphy, professional actor and voiceover artist from the San Francisco Bay Area have in common?
They are both are on the autism spectrum, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
It seemed only natural when Brian Tashima, sci-fi fantasy fiction author was looking for someone to record the audiobook for his first novel in the Spectraland Saga series that Jonathan would be the perfect choice.
Today, Autism Empowerment Radio welcomes Brian Tashima and Jonathan Murphy on air to talk about the process behind creating the audiobook and The Secret of the Songshell story. There will also be a live reading sample for our audience! Both are previous guests with AE Radio but this is their first time appearing together.
Brian Tashima was born and raised in Hawaii and is a resident of Vancouver, WA. He is also a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has won a Hoku award (Hawaii's version of the Grammys) and has had his music featured in short films. His book was a 2012 Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards for fantasy fiction. TheSpectralandSaga.com
Jonathan Murphy is comfortable with a wide range of voiceover challenges, from Shakespeare to cartoon characters. He's a director's dream and doesn't let Asperger's hold him back. You can listen in to his great talent at California's Great America, JonInCharacter.com and Geek Club Books.