Working on the Audio for Flash Paranormal Fiction!

 I do quite a bit of short audio work for my other paranormal work and it’s something I love doing. It brings a whole new personal perspective to the work. I’ve found that it’s always best that the author of a book is the best person to do its reading, especially in fiction, because we are the ones who know the characters so intimately and the story so well. I found, though, that I had my job cut out for me when I took on this audio book—and I’m still working on it!

First, the voice is a strange thing. Under normal circumstances, it seems to be a part of the person. Most people don’t even think about it—they take it for granted. But there are times, I’m finding, that the voice (and the other parts that allow it to work effectively like the esophagus and brain) won’t work as efficiently as one might hope. To begin with, early on there was a question I posed to myself: Where the hell did you learn to read out loud? I would stumble over words, skip words, lose my place in a sentence—it was like I’d never read a book in my life! I’d read that you just couldn’t afford to keep starting over when preparing audio because you would never get anything done. So I became really good at editing—hah! A new skill!

Doing audio from a home studio also presented some issues. Look. I love my dogs. And my family.And the friggin’ cuckoo clock. But wow. Really? There’s nothing like being halfway through a chapter and having the clock start clucking—loud. Somehow it doesn’t fit in with the heroine in battle. So there’s backtracking, reversing to the last place there was a voice pause and starting again.

But the very worst and most difficult thing involved when working with audio for me—despite the three glasses of water spiked with lemon before starting and the sips throughout—is coughing or the absolute necessity of clearing the throat. I found that I can only do two chapters at a time, because by the third one, I’m coughing. I’ve tried all the methods I’ve read and been counseled about. The only thing that works is stopping. That does slow down the process!

Still, once it’s recorded, edited (which is deleting out the dogs and clocks and phone and air conditioning, etc.), and mastered (getting the final sound right), when you hear it back, it’s as smooth as glass. A masterpiece (in my ears, anyway!). You fall in love all over again (or in fear in this book!) with the story and the characters…and you don’t want it to end. I just love the process. And true to form, I’m loving working on the audio this time around, too. Creepy for sure! I’ll let you know on my website and around social media when the audio is available!

Flash Paranormal Fiction: 13 Stories
D. P. Roseberry

Genre: Horror/Paranormal flash
Date of Publication: July 2023 
Number of pages: 65
Word Count: approx. 12,000 words 
Cover Artist: D. P. Roseberry 

Tagline: Don’t worry. Sleep is over-rated …

Book Description:

This collection of flash fiction is strictly paranormal ... and creepy. 

Flash Paranormal Fiction will send your flesh crawling with ghosts, witches, aliens, cryptids, and creatures of  all kinds. 

These 13 Flash stories are for those readers (just like us) who love quick and fun ghostly gatherings! 

Still ... maybe you shouldn't read it at night...

But don't worry. Sleep is overrated... 

Book Trailer:

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Excerpt - Zombie Love

It was a beautiful morning, just gorgeous. I was sitting back in my no-gravity lounge chair holding a cup of hot coffee and sipping away the sunrise. The temperature was just right and the plants along the front screen of the porch seemed to reach toward the warm glow of the sun. This was a day that made all the other days’ worth dealing with. It whispered relaxation and creativity.

The only thing I couldn’t get my mind around on this glorious day was the zombie that was trying to open the latch on the screen door. I’d been watching it for a good ten minutes or so, just as it was watching me drink my coffee. My question: Where the hell had this thing come from? And why was it ruining my perfectly quiet morning?

This one I was looking at was none too bright. It could easily punch through the screen, but instead, it fiddled with the sliding lock. I’d heard about these things. A bit short on brains. But then again, who knew? Maybe it thought I was stupid for drinking coffee. I’d thought that one or two times myself.

Just then I heard a voice. “Hey man, what’s that you got there trying to get into your house?”

It was my neighbor, Monroe. We were pretty close on most days. “Gots me a zombie, me thinks,” I replied after a nice long coffee swig.

Monroe, standing back from the door but still close enough to talk through the screen continued. “What’s ya gonna do when it figures out the door?” He yawned.

“Hmmm. Good point,” I said with a nod. “Guess I better go get the gun so I can take care of business if I need to.”

Monroe was nodding as well. “Terrible way to spend this beautiful morning, though. Still, zombies are nothin’ to mess with. So I heard.”

“Maybe wait a little while, though,” I said. “It’s too nice out to make things all blood and guts. We got time.”

“I hear ya,” answered Monroe.

Then suddenly, another voice erupted through the morning. “Outta the way, boys!”

At that point a woman and a teenage girl raised rifles and blew holes in the zombie’s head. The thing fell like a rock.

Both Monroe and I jumped back to keep from getting muck on our clothes. I’d had to roll out of my chair, and I spilled my coffee.

“Dam women!” I yelled out. “Know just how to ruin a morning!”

About the Author:

Dinah Roseberry, or D. P. Roseberry, has been writing about the imagined world for many years. She dabbles in paranormal romantic intrigue (her most recent paranormal romance is Three Months to Change), sci fi, fantasy, horror, and many kinds of speculative fiction. With a special interest in UFOs, she is the founder of the UFO Management Group. 

Dinah is also a practicing certified hypnotist with her practice centering on past-life regression, alien abductions, and other paranormal topics. She reads the Tarot and varied oracles as well and finds that divination brings sharp interpretation to daily living and uses it as a method in her writing. Her latest Tarot decks are First Light Tarot and A Christmas Tarot: Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future. 

Writing Paranormal Flash is a guilty pleasure and she finds herself in the middle of these quick and ghosty stories more often than she likes to admit. Flash Paranormal Fiction is her first attempt at putting them from mind to media for you to read. For more information about other works and ongoing projects, visit 

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